CALTRANS and CHP Prepared for Upcoming Winter Fog Season

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourage motorists to prepare for fog and reduced-visibility driving conditions on local roads and highways throughout the Central Valley.

Driving in winter weather — snow, ice, hail, fog, wet and cold — creates a greater challenge for vehicles and drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair and reducing driving speeds reduces your overall chances for any mishap or disaster while driving.

The fog/winter driving season in the Central Valley typically begins during the month of November and continues through February. Tule fog accounts for more weather-related automotive casualties in California than any other weather condition.

To assist in slowing traffic speeds when visibility is less than 500 feet, the CHP will implement their Pace Program on major highways between Bakersfield and Modesto. Caltrans and the CHP want you to get to your destination safely as winter weather is never predictable; so we remind motorists to expect the worst conditions and always be prepared for the winter season by checking your brakes, windshield wipers, anti-freeze, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are all in good working condition.

Motorists are reminded to move over and slow down when approaching Caltrans equipment.

Do not pass snow plows or sand trucks as its not only dangerous, but also against the law.

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