Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wet Winter Weather Driving Tips for a Safe Drive

Normally, motorists in Los Angeles don’t face extreme weather-related driving conditions… so, that’s all the more reason to take extra precautions today to prepare for predicted rain showers coming tonight and tomorrow in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Motorists can do a few simple things to prepare for a safe drive in the season’s first rainstorm:

Buckle up.
Gas up.
Slow down.
Take your time and give yourself extra travel time.
Check brakes, tires, wiper blades, headlights and tail lights.
Know your route – you may have to take an alternate route.
Take along water, snacks, blankets, towels, gloves, warm clothing – and some cash!
Put an extra car key in your pocket… don’t get locked out in rain, sleet and snow.
Share the road. Give space to big rigs, trucks, and look twice for motorcycles and cyclists.
Be attentive to electronic message boards and other alerts about road conditions, lane closures or detours.
Dial 911 for emergencies.
Dial 511 in LA/Ventura/Orange County for up to the minute traffic, transit and commuter information.
Call 800-427-7623 (427-ROAD) for highway conditions statewide.
Before you go….view Caltrans network of roadside traffic cameras at: http://video.dot.ca.gov

Remember the Move Over Law requiring motorists to slow down and move over one lane – when it’s safe - when you see flashing amber lights indicating that Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck operators are parked and working near the roadway.