CHP Slow Down For Safety
Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk recently reported on the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) safety tips for wet weather driving. Officials with the CHP are calling on drivers to “Slow Down for Safety.” Drivers are dealing with non-stop stormy weather, and public safety agencies are dealing with mud, flooding, falling rocks and other weather-related hazards. Ensure you get your destination safely by slowing down and paying attention to the road. Listed below are CHP Officer Jonathan Gutierrez’s tips for driving in the rain.
CHP Wet Weather Safety Tips
- Slow down.
- Leave early.
- Replace your windshield wipers.
- Check your tire tread.
- Leave plenty of room between vehicles.
- Turn on your headlights when windshield wipers are on.
- Take familiar routes.
- Avoid bodies of standing water.
Slow Down For Safety
One of the most important components of staying safe during inclement weather is to slow down. In certain conditions, even going the speed limit can be too fast. It’s absolutely essential to adjust your speed to the weather conditions you’re experiencing. Not only will you have to deal with reduced visibility, you’ll also have potentially dangerous and slippery roadways to contend with. Also, slowing down will give you additional time to react in the event of an emergency. If the vehicle in front of you hydroplanes or has some other type of weather-related emergency, you need time and space to be prepared.
No Distracted Driving
Although it goes without saying, talking, texting or emailing on your phone is the last thing that you should be doing behind the wheel, especially in bad weather. Distracted driving puts you and everybody else on the road at great risk. Devoting 100-percent of your attention to the task of driving will help you get to your destination safely. Since you can’t help how other people drive, be ready to drive defensively and lookout for dangerous or distracted drivers.
What to do After a Car Accident
After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney about your case. Even if the case is clear-cut and the other driver was cited, it’s still important to talk to a lawyer. A good personal injury lawyer can be your advocate and make sure you get compensated for your injuries.