Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rain Advisory from LASD

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Wednesday February 26, 2014, 10:13

- HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff

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Advisory: Rain Expected in LA County.
Are You and Your Vehicle Ready For Wet Weather Driving?

Are you ready for some rain? The winter
storms headed towards LA County this week could be the wettest in almost
two years according to the National Weather Service. One thing our
deputies always hear, especially during wet weather is, “people in
Southern California don’t know how to drive in the rain.” Regardless of
how much rain is expected to fall this week, now is great time to prepare
for the wet weather.

Prepare Your Car for Rain

Wipers - Note the condition of your
wipers because they are a major tool in the rainy season. Pay attention
to the rubber, if found to be brittle or cracked, the rubber should be
replaced immediately. Effective January 1, 2005 during daylight hours, if
the windshield wipers of your vehicle are in use while you're driving the
vehicle, the headlamps of the vehicle must be on.

Headlamps – Make sure both are working
correctly. Use your low beam headlights at night and when it rains. Do
not drive using only your parking lights.

Brakes and Tires – Arguably the most
important components of any car. Preparing your car for the rain also
means checking your brakes and tires.

Don’t Just Prepare Your
Vehicle — Prepare Yourselves Too!

Many roads are the most slippery when it
first starts to rain because oil and dust have not yet washed away. Slow
down at the first sign of rain, drizzle, or snow on the road. Turn on
your windshield wipers, low-beam headlights, and defroster. SLOW DOWN AND

If you are involved in a collision, you
must stop. Someone could be injured and need your help. If you do not
stop, you may be convicted of “hit and run” and could be severely
punished. Call 9-1-1 if anyone is hurt. Move your vehicle out of the
traffic lane if no one is injured or killed. Show your driver license,
registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current
address to the other driver or persons involved.

California needs the rain, especially
with drought conditions. (Speaking of drought – Turn off your sprinklers
until the middle of next week)

Our deputies want you to remember that
light rain or the first rain of the season often leads to dangerous
conditions in which to operate your vehicle, however if you are aware of
your surroundings and anticipate events you can avoid getting involved in
a collision and safely navigate the wet roadways. It starts with being
prepared, understanding your driving choices, and then making the right

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