Lancaster LASD Station offers tips for driving in snow on icy roads

Lancaster LASD Station offers tips for driving in snow on icy roads

December 31, 2019

 


The Lancaster Station Traffic Office and
Traffic Detective Matthew Davis would like to remind everyone of some traffic safety rules that could save your life or your family’s lives.


THE LAW


Unsafe speed:
22350 CVC No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

Tips for Driving in the Snow or Icy Roads


• Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.


• Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
• Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
• Increase your following distance. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
• Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
Unlike snow, ice is often invisible. You have to guess where it might be.
• Look for reflections in the road surface ahead; what looks like water, may be ice.
• Are roadside puddles liquid or frozen?
• If the swishing sound of your tires on a wet road goes quiet, you may be on ice.
• One of the first signs of slippery conditions is if the steering becomes lighter to turn.

The safest way to drive in bad weather is to drive slow and steady. Be courteous to others and be prepared for sudden unexpected surprises. 


If the weather is that bad outside, stay home, watch a movie and enjoy your family time. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information; please call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, Traffic Office at 661-940-3812 and they will happily answer your questions.

Please drive safe and courteous!
 

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