‘Tis the season of sudden downpours and frequent showers and even sunny San Diego isn’t exempt from this fact of life. With more rain on the horizon this week, it’s a good time to re-familiarize yourself with the art of safe driving in unsafe weather.
In order to help you and those around you travel safe on wet roads this season, keep the following in mind:
- Exercise caution. Drive defensively by adjusting your speed to the present road conditions.
- Allow for more travel time. Plan to drive slower and anticipate traffic delays.
- Brake earlier and with less force. This will reduce the chance of a collision with the drivers around you.
- Avoid using cruise control. The cruise control feature could cause your vehicle to accelerate when you are hydroplaning.
- Turn your headlights on. It helps you see the road, and helps other motorists see you as well.
- If you hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly or turn the wheel. Instead, release the gas pedal slowly and keep the steering wheel straight until the car regains traction. This will help you avoid skidding.
Of course even when abiding by these strategies, accidents do happen. If you find yourself in need of non-emergency roadside assistance on San Diego freeways, simply dial 5-1-1 from your mobile phone and say “Roadside assistance”. Doing so will connect you with a trained dispatcher who can ensure that you receive the appropriate aid and will stay on the line until such help has arrived.
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According to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Third Annual Winter Holiday Travel Poll, 49 percent of polled local residents said they plan on one or more holiday trips, compared to 47 percent last year.
With countless San Diego residents and visitors traveling during this busy holiday season, car trouble is inevitable. But even though possible unrelenting disasters may strike again this holiday season, you’re in luck! If you get caught with a flat tire or your car breaks down with the in-laws in the backseat—MAKE SURE YOU CALL 5-1-1.
We can give you the best advice if you’re planning on traveling this holiday
Happy Thanksgiving from SAFE 511!
- Buckle Up
- Familiarize yourself with the transportation situation beforehand
- Make plans accordingly to avoid stress and frustration at the event
- Drive safely on wet roads
- Be Aware of ramp speeds when entering and exiting a highway
- Use a Safe Following Distance
- Practice the proper lane change steps
- Stay Awake
- Don’t Drink and Drive
SAFE 511 reminds drivers, that should you have an incident while driving to follow these four steps:
- Determine where you are located by Highway number and nearest exit, or other landmark
- Pull over to a safe place
- Dial 511
- Say “Roadside Assistance”
Through Mobile Call Box, San Diego drivers can now get roadside assistance from the relative safety of their vehicles on freeways and highways throughout San Diego County. Drivers simply need to dial 5-1-1 from their cell phones to get the same helpful roadside service they have always received through our stationary call boxes. Mobile Call Box calls are designed for use in non-emergency situations such as when motorists need a tow truck, have run out of gas, or require other types of motorist aid.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the transportation situation beforehand and make plans accordingly to avoid stress and frustration at the event. Remember to have fun, be a safe and courteous driver, and although we cannot stop time and levitate your car above the freeway, SAFE 511 is always there to be your superhero on the road.
Remembering 5-1-1 this holiday season could turn a potentially traumatic experience into only a minor inconvenience.
For more information on the SAFE 511 program please visit http://www.sdcallbox.org/.