SACRAMENTO — With a major storm system upon California, the chilling winter months bring rain, fog, ice and other hazardous weather conditions that pave the way for a substantial increase in motor vehicle accidents.
This winter season Cal Fire advises all drivers to take extra precaution while behind the wheel.
Last year Cal Fire responded to more than 6,000 vehicle accidents in the months of November, December and January. These accidents are often caused by motorists driving at unsafe speeds for the conditions of the road. Officials warn that it’s important to use the surrounding road conditions to gauge safe speeds, rather than relying solely on the posted speed limit.
“The winter season represents a very dangerous time of year to be behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Battalion Chief Dave Teter, Cal Fire’s safety officer. “With the increase in road hazards during these cold months it’s more important than ever to ensure you take the extra precautions necessary to make every drive a safe one.”
“Its imperative that your vehicle is in good working order,” said John Carrier, Cal Fire’s fleet manager. “A car that’s not maintained can be extremely dangerous on a wet and slippery roadway.”
To help steer clear of vehicle accidents this winter Cal Fire recommends the following:
For more information on life and fire safety visit www.fire.ca.gov.