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Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

In San Diego, the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees, even in the months of December and January. However, you do not have to drive very far to experience cold, snowy, and icy conditions.

To stay safe this winter, we encourage all drivers to be prepared and drive cautiously when venturing into “snow country.” Below are a few specific tips:

  • Test your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, tires, and exhaust system to make sure they are functioning properly before you hit the road.
  • Always carry chains that are the proper size for your tires and make sure you know how to install them correctly.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times and make sure all children are properly restrained.
  • Because road closures and delays are common, pack water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing, just in case.
  • Monitor weather and traffic conditions regularly and be prepared to delay your trip, if necessary.
  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights, and directional signals.
  • Exercise caution when driving in challenging conditions, such as snow and sleet. Since it will likely take longer to stop, adjust your speed and the distance between the next vehicle accordingly.
  • If you feel the vehicle sliding, turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
  • Slow down when approaching snow plows and allow them plenty of room for them to work.

Source: California Office of Traffic Safety