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Oct 29, 2013 1:31 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

CHP gives tips to drivers on first rainy day in a while

The California Highway Patrol reminds drivers, especially on rainy days like Monday, to be extra cautious on the roads because of the slick conditions. Officer Chad Adams, with the San Luis Obispo CHP office said since the Central Coast doesn't get wet conditions very often, the roads can be very slick and dangerous from all the oil that has accumulated. Adams urges drivers to slow down on the roads. He said reducing speed on a rainy day is especially crucial in staying safe. Adams also said that drivers should allow themselves plenty of space between them and the car in front of them. Also, he said drivers need to turn their headlights on when it's raining, even if it's daytime. The purpose of turning your headlights on when it rains is so that other drivers can see you, and you can see the reflective surface on traffic signs, said Adams. Adams said San Luis Obispo saw about a handful of rain-related car accidents on Monday. "Today's accidents for the start of a rain season like this, seem to be down. So people were conscientious about their driving, which we appreciate. And we'd like to remind them to keep doing so," said Adams. Adams said that CHP officers were in full force on Monday. In fact, he said that the CHP Office tends to increase the number of officers that are out patrolling, to keep an eye out for those distracted drivers.

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