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Safe driving tips

Sun News Staff Report

Last year in California, 106 people were killed in collisions that occurred either in rainy, snowy or foggy conditions. More than 7,696 people were injured in crashes under similar weather conditions.

“Driving in inclement weather can pose numerous safety challenges,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Many crashes are caused by people driving too fast in the rain, snow or fog.”

With the recent amount of snow accumulations in the Tahoe area, the California Highway Patrol is preparing motorists by offering safe driving tips:

– Check to see that the windshield wipers are in good condition. Also, be sure the vehicle’s headlights are on anytime you have your windshield wipers on continuously, it’s the law;

– Reduce your speed and allow more time for your journey. The maximum posted speed limit may not apply to the wet or icy road conditions;

– If you encounter snow, again, slow down. Drive with your lights on low beam. Don’t stop on a highway unless it’s an emergency. Keep a close watch on your speed;

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– And when traveling it’s recommended you carry the following items: Tire chains and tighteners, flashlight and batteries, flares, small shovel, windshield scraper, waterproof clothing that’s warm, blankets, snacks and drinking water. A cellular telephone with a backup power source might be the single most important safety item available.

Check road conditions often by calling the Caltrans Road Conditions Hotline: (800) 427-ROAD (7623).