With winter nearly here, it is time for cooler weather, fog, rain and shorter days. Winter also brings the holiday season!
There are two weeks for shopping left before Christmas Day. If you have not already gone out and bought your loved ones their gifts, then you will need to be patient while traveling to go shopping because traffic will be congested on the roadways, especially near the shopping centers.
The CHP, along with our partners in law enforcement, wants to remind everyone to drive safely. Remember to be kind and courteous to one another on the roadways and in busy parking lots.
The holidays are a time for celebration, joy and family. Keep calm while driving and don’t get frustrated with the heavy traffic congestion. When driving around the shopping areas, be conscious of one another.
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If you arrive at a parking stall the same time as another motorist, make eye contact with the person and allow them to park there. During the holiday season we tend to overeat, so why not park in a stall farther away and walk in for some exercise.
Nothing can ruin your day or your holiday season more than by being involved in a traffic collision. If you are unfortunately involved in a minor one, please move your vehicle out of the lanes of traffic and onto the shoulder. Report the collision to the CHP and be patient.
The CHP will be out in force to make sure your holiday travel is as safe as possible. We are especially looking for speeding vehicles, seat belt violations, distracted drivers and anyone under the influence.
An easy way to avoid being pulled over is to take your time, wear your seat belt, and be courteous to others. When you see a vehicle attempting to change lanes, don’t speed up to pass them – slow down and let them in.
Defensive driving is the key to getting to your location safely. There is plenty of time to get where you are going and plenty of fantastic gifts still available for purchase in the stores.
Passing that one vehicle ahead of you is not going to decrease your drive time by anything more than a few seconds. Those seconds are just not worth the risk of endangering your life and the lives of others. And please don’t forget as soon as you get in your vehicle to buckle up!
Fog season is here. When encountering fog, turn on your low-beam headlights and slow down. Low beams direct the light down onto the roadway and allow other drivers to see you. Do not use your high-beam headlights. High beams direct the light up into the fog, making it more difficult for you to see the road.
If you have to leave the lanes of travel for any reason, pull completely off the roadway. Turn on your flashers so others know you’re there, but they won’t think you are driving on the roadway.
Whatever you do, do not turn off your headlights during foggy conditions; other drivers depend on seeing your lights. Remember, newer vehicles have daytime running lights, but there are no lights on the rear. That means you need to remember to turn on your headlights so your taillights are on, too. You definitely want to be visible from both the front and the back.
The holiday season is such a fantastic time of year! Holiday lights are beautiful, the food tastes great, and the people you surround yourself with are your closest loved ones. Let’s all make it a safe and fun holiday by slowing down and enjoying the spirit of the season.
On behalf of all the men and women of the California Highway Patrol, I want to take this time to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!