The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers tips for driving safely in wet weather. These tips include doing the following when driving in bad weather:
- Slow down
- Allow extra time
- Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead
- Gently apply brakes to avoid skids
- Open window a crack if caught in stalled traffic to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
Bad Weather Checklist from the California Highway Patrol
- Tires with plenty of tread
- Windshield wipers in good condition
- Washer full of fluid
- Gas tank full
- Defroster working
- Muffler and exhaust in good condition
- Antifreeze in radiator
Tips for Driving in Rain, Fog & Snow
Tips for driving in the rain include:
- Drive with headlights on.
- Stay alert for vehicle hydroplaning.
- Apply brakes more slowly; they may pull.
- Leave extra distance between your car and the next motorist.
Tips for driving in the fog include:
- Drive with lights on LOW beam. It is illegal to drive with parking lights on.
- Watch for California Highway Patrol pace vehicles to guide you through fog.
- Avoid crossing traffic lanes.
- Do not stop on highways except in emergencies.
- Move away from stalled or disabled vehicle.
- Consider postponing trip until fog clears.
Tips for driving in the snow include:
- Carry chains in snow conditions, even if vehicle has 4-wheel drive. It’s the law.
- Observe speed limit in chain control areas −22363CVC states, The speed limit when chains are required is either 25, 30, 35 or 40 miles per hour, based on conditions.
- Check owner’s manual for operating tips on your vehicle’s braking system.
- Watch for paddle-shaped markers – they show the road’s edge.
- Studded pneumatic tires may only be used between November 1st and April 31st, unless the studs are retracted.
- Stay with your vehicle if you break down.
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