Every year, cities, towns and communities suffer from the effects of massive wildfires on the West Coast. Not only are we seeing the impact of these fires, but the heavy and dangerous smoke that spreads as a result.
Experts say that smoke from wildfires can rise three to five miles in the air, then travel up to thousands of miles. Here are some recommendations by the Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates on driving in smoke:
- Slow down: Practice good defensive driving and give people around you time to respond. You will never regret driving too slow.
- Roll up the windows: This should be common sense, but keep the windows up and use the “recirculate air” feature so that dirty air from the outside isn’t funneled in.
- Drive predictably: While you should always do so, driving predictably when there’s decreased visibility is very important. Avoid slamming on the brakes, and always use your turn signals. Don’t tailgate.
- Don’t use your hazards: While it may seem like a good idea, at slow speeds and low visibility it may appear that you are stopped on the road.
- Avoid driving: If you know a certain area has particularly bad smoke or low visibility, try to avoid it. Check weather reports and TV news to see where the conditions and traffic are the worst.
- Turn on your headlights: Even in the middle of the day, having your headlights on allows other drivers to see your car more easily. At night, use your low beams and turn on fog lights (if possible).
- Watch for livestock and wildlife: In rural areas, wildfires and smoke may have forced animals onto or near roadways.
- Watch for emergency vehicles: Slow down and move over to pass.
- Don’t drive with a flat tire or locked brakes: Sparks coming off your car could start a fire in the current dry conditions.
- Don’t throw cigarette butts out: In the dry conditions, the lit butts could start a fire.
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