Big Bear, Ca, November 21, 2010, 12:00pm – With winter returning KBHR and Caltrans would like to remind you of some Winter Driving Tips, to make traveling in the mountains a safe and comfortable experience for everyone. Allow enough time when traveling, as it may take longer to get to your destination because of snow or ice. Keep your fuel tank full, as it may be necessary to turn around in certain situations, or you may experience long delays if bad weather forces a highway closure. Slow down and use your seat belt. Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast in snow or icy conditions. Don’t panic. If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal, do not use your breaks, and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel. If you must use brakes, gently pump the brake pedal and do not allow them to lock up. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, apply firm, steady pressure without pumping. Be aware of black ice. The temperature does not have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces. Ice can form anytime the air temperature drops below 40 degrees, especially when its windy, or in a shady area with water run off. Black ice Is nearly invisible, so drive cautiously. Be observant as visibility is limited during poor weather. Slow down and keep a constant watch for other vehicles. If you happen to get stuck in the snow, stay with your stalled vehicle, put on the flashers, and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems if your tail pipe is covered with snow. As always make sure you have chains or cables in your vehicle when driving in the mountains in the winter months.