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Winter Driving Conditions: What You Need to Know

Winter Driving Tips from Irvine Auto Center

While you may not be contending with snow or black ice, Southern Californians still have to deal with driving in tough winter conditions. When you think of the weather in Southern California, people think of warm, sunny weather happening year-round and perfect beach-going weather. That might be the case in spring, summer, and possibly early fall, but is not normal for winter. During the colder winter months Southern California drivers must deal with rain and fog. We here at Irvine Auto Center understand the dangers that can come from driving in these conditions, so here are some of the most useful tips on winter driving we have found.

What to Know about Driving in Fog

Living close to the ocean fog rolling in is a normal occurrence in winter. Some days the fog is worse than others, but with reduced visibility, fog is one of the most dangerous driving conditions for both new and experienced drivers. When driving in fog you need to stay focused on the road. The reduced visibility makes it harder, if not impossible to see what is up ahead. Turn down the radio and roll down the window to allow you to hear approaching traffic. Speed is another thing to consider in the fog. Normal driving speeds are not recommended because of the reduced visibility. Slowing down allows you more time to react to sudden traffic stops or other hazards. In severe conditions it is recommended you pull over and wait for the conditions to improve. Never use your high-beams when driving in the fog as the fog reflects the light. Low beams allow you to see better and allows other drivers to see you.

What to Know about Driving in Rain

Rain is often worse than snow when it comes to winter driving because so many people fail to change their driving habits like they do in the snow. Before the rainy season even starts make sure you check your windshield wipers and replace them if they are more than six months old. You need your wipers to work properly to ensure you can see out of the windshield. Give the cars in front of you more space on rainy days. Ideally you want to be six seconds behind the car in front of you. The extra space gives you more stopping time on the wet roads.

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