Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rainy Day Driving

We’re in for some rainy weather in Los Angeles for the next few days. Some people say that Southern Californians don’t know how to drive in the rain because we’re spoiled with too much sunshine. Pshaw! There’s no such thing as too much sunshine! Still, coming off a glorious, sunshiny summer, our rainy day driving skills may be a little rusty. A few tips can’t hurt. 

> Turn on your headlights. Using your headlights not only allows YOU to see more clearly, it also helps other drivers see you. Plus, it’s the law. Really. You can get a ticket.

> Reduce your speed. The posted speed limit may be too fast for conditions.

> Maintain more distance between you and the car ahead of you. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement.

> Use extra caution during the first 30 to 60 minutes of a rainstorm — that’s when the road is especially slick. 
> Make sure your car is in good working condition — tire pressure, wipers, defroster, exhaust system, BRAKES, etc. Did we mention BRAKES?

> Driving distracted is NEVER EVER a good idea, but it’s an especially horrible idea when it's raining. Concentrate on safe driving. Everything else can wait.

> Check road conditions before you head out the door. Call the California Highway Information Network at (800) 427-7623, monitor local media, or click over to and check out the Caltrans QuickMap.

> Yes, there ARE more accidents when it rains, which means more congestion and delays. So, if you have flexibility in your travel time, save yourself some aggravation and postpone your trip until the weather clears.