Our local office of the California Highway Patrol, headquartered in Running Springs, has issued winter driving safety tips which, for the San Bernardino mountains, can be applied during conditions of rain, sleet, snow, high wind and fog. CHP officials note that many collisions are caused by drivers going too fast for inclement conditions. Per the CHP release, “The first and foremost tip: slow down. It’s a simple matter of physics that your vehicle can’t stop as fast, or turn as accurately, on wet or icy pavement.” Other driving suggestions including allowing ample time, while staying alert to current road and weather conditions. If traveling in the mountains during winter months, always carry chains (or risk a fine of $108), warm and waterproof clothing, food and water, and a tank full of gas. The CHP also suggests that motorists make sure that windshield wipers are in good condition; also, law requires that anytime windshield wipers are on continuously, headlights must be on. If you encounter fog on mountain roads, often likely in the Running Springs area, drive with your lights on low beam and do not stop in the highway unless it’s an emergency. And winter weather or not, the CHP reminds everyone to wear your seatbelt and do not drink and drive.
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