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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 :: 10:33 a.m. PST


California Office of Traffic Safety Offers Winter Driving Safety Tips

California boasts favorable weather almost year-round, but the winters are still cold and this season has already brought wet, frigid temperatures to much of the state. When temperatures dip and the forecast calls for rain or snow, driving conditions become harsher and more dangerous even for the most experienced drivers. The California Office of Traffic Safety would like to remind motorists to take the necessary precautions to stay safe while traveling to and from their destinations. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when it comes time to hit the road for work or play:
Before your trip:
• Take a few minutes to check that your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, anti-freeze, heater and exhaust system are in good working condition.
• Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, and the tread is in good condition. Take a quick trip to the gas station to add air to your tires, if necessary.
• Prepare to eliminate distractions. Plan to have your phone out of reach during your drive, and let those close to you know you’ll be out of touch for the time being. Additionally, avoid calling or texting anyone if you think they may be driving.
During your trip:
• Remain aware and alert. Keep your eyes on the road and watch out for brake lights, nearby pedestrians, and other distractions. Foggy, rainy or snowy weather can make these cues more difficult to spot.
• If you’re traveling in rainy weather, try and keep your vehicle toward the middle lanes. Water is more likely to build up in outside lanes, which can cause your car to hydroplane.
• Though it may be tempting, avoid using cruise control during wet or snowy road conditions. Cruise control can cause skidding and loss of tire traction.
• If you do find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, remember the following:
o Do not perform any sudden braking or turns. If you need to brake, do so gently with light pumping action.
o Your steering wheel should be turned in the direction of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
It takes just a bit of extra preparation and a few simple reminders to stay safe on the roadways – no matter the weather conditions. To learn more about additional traffic safety efforts, follow us on Twitter at @OTS_CA or “like” us at For more information on all OTS efforts, visit We wish you safe and happy travels!

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

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Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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