Tag: Safe Driving

Getting To and Around Big Bear Lake Safely

Big Bear, CA, December 20th, 2015 – Winter weather conditions in the City of Big Bear Lake can be beautiful, but they can also be hazardous. Forecasters predict a volatile El Nino weather scenario as we enter 2016, but there are a few simple things you can do to be prepared; Check weather and road conditions in advance and download a mobile weather app to your cell phone. Don’t forget your phone charger and roadside assistance membership card. Check your vehicle windshield wipers, brakes and working lights. But, just in case you get stuck, make sure you have an emergency kit. Your supplies...

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Winter Driving Tips for Mountain Visitors

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 22, 2013 – Winter weather in the San Bernardino Mountains both beckons tourists and catches them off guard, so here are some important reminders on how to stay safe on high-elevation highways. 1. Remember, the law requires all vehicles to carry tire chains on board during winter driving in the mountains, no exceptions. 2. Install tire chains in a turnout or parking lot, not in the road. 3. Don’t pass snow plows, as their drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind. 4. Decrease your speed in snowy/rainy conditions and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. 5. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. 6. Never cross the double-yellow line on mountain highways. 7. Pack a winter safety kit when driving to Big Bear. Include blankets or sleeping bags, water, food, candles, matches, cat litter, an ice scraper, a radio and batteries, and a rope. Pack extra medication and store the kit so it is reachable 8. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. 9. Keep your...

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Click It or Ticket

Big Bear, Ca, November 22, 2011, 3:00pm – The California Highway Patrol is participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign now through November 27th.  During this time, law enforcement throughout the state and the Big Bear Valley will be actively looking for drivers and passengers who are unbuckled.  The Click It or Ticket program, which started in 2005, has a successful track record, and has seen an increased usage in seatbelts from a 90.4% in 2001, to a record high of 96.02 % in 2010.  The increase represents more than 1.25 million more vehicle occupants who buckle up.  Buckling your seatbelt is important for the safety of you and other passengers in your vehicle.  According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 544 vehicle passengers killed who were not wearing a seat belt of using a child safety seat, and more than 9,400 others were injured due to not buckling up.  Last year CHP officers issued more than 155,000 citations to drivers and passengers who failed to buckle up.  The minimum cost of an adult seat belt violation is $142, and can go up to $445 for not properly restraining a child under 16 years of age.  So do the smart thing, avoid unnecessary tickets, and buckle...

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