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6B Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter The California Department and a towel to clean your selves or block traffic. of Transportation District 2 hands. If using the services of a has advised motorists to pre- It is also a good idea to take chain installer, be sure to get pare for upcoming storms, along water, food, warm blan- a receipt and jot the installer's High winds, heavy rains kets and' extra clothing. A badge number on it. Chain in- and low snow levels make lengthy delay will make you stallers are independent busi- staying off the roads during glad you have these supplies, ness people, not Caltrans em- winter storms a good idea.Put an extra car key inyour ployees. Having the badge But, if you must go, out use pocket. A number of motorists number may help with any caution, common sense and be have locked themselves out of misunderstandings later. prepared, their cars when putting onChain installers are not al- chains, lowed to sell or rent chains. Be prepared When removing chains, dri- Before heading to snow Chain control enforcement ve beyond the signs reading country, make sure brakes,and checkpoints "End Chain Control" to a pull- windshield wipers, defroster, Drivers must stop and put off area where to remove them heater and exhaust system are on chains when highway signs safely. in top condition, indicate chains are required. Check antifreeze and be Drivers can be cited by the Winter driving tips ready for colder temperatures. California Highway Patrol Buckle up. Each passenger Drivers may want to add spe- and fined if they don't. Chain is required to wear a seatbelt cial solvent to their wind- controlcheckpoints, staffed by and small children must be in shield washer reservoirs to Caltrans and CHP, are used on approved car seats. prevent ruing, highways and freeways thatAllow enough time. Trips to Check tires and make sure historically have major prob- the mountains can take longer they are properly inflated and lems with driver compliance, during winter than other the tread is in good condition. Drivers will be required to times of year, especially in Always carry tire chains or stop at staffed checkpoints storm conditions or on icy traction devices. Make sure and will be directed to turn roads. Get an early start and they are the proper size for around if they do not have ad- allow plenty of time to reach tires and are m working or- equate tires or chains, your destination. der. Also, take along a flash- The majority of times whenKeep the gas tank full. It light and chain repair links, chains are required, drivers may be necessary to change Chains must be installed on will not be required to pass routes or turn back during a the drive wheels. Know if through a checkpoint. Drivers bad storm. Drivers may be your vehicle is front or rear must follow "Chains Re- caught in a traffic delay. wheeldrive, quired" signs whether re- Keep windshield and win- Other suggested items to quired to go through a check- dows clear. Stop at a safe carry are an ice scraper or point or not. turnout to use a snowbrush or commercial deicer, a broom When installing chains, dri- scraper. Use the car defroster for brushing snow off your vers should wait until they and a clean cloth to keep the car, a shovel to free your car if can pull completely off the windows free of fog. it's "snowed in," sand or roadway to the right. TheySlow down. A highway burlap for traction if wheels should not stop in a traffic speed of 55 or 65 miles an hour should become mired in snow lane and will endanger them- may be safe in dry weather, but is an invitation for trouble ly vulnerable to such closures, tread tire' is a tire which has a on snow or ice. Low visibility caused by relatively deep and aggressive Snow and ice make stopping high winds and blowing snow tread pattern compared with distances much longer, leave is another cause for closing a conventional passenger tread more distance between your highway, pattern." vehicle and.the vehicle ahead. Caltrans is trying to reduce Snow-tread tires can be Bridge decks and shady the number and length of time identified by examining the spots can be icy when other I-5 is closed due to spinouts sidewall of the tire where the areas are not. Remember to and accidents. During major letters MS, M/S, M+S or the avoid sudden stops and quick storms when traffic flow is words MUD AND SNOW have direction changes, heavy, Caltrans will imple- been stamped into the side- Be more observant. Visibili- ment one or all of the follow- walls. ty is often limited by winter ing checkpoint controls. weather conditions. Slow Truck screening is typically Tire traction devices down and watch for other ve- done for northbound I-5 ap- The California Vehicle hicles and for snow removal proximately 10 miles north of Code, Section 605 defines tire equipment. Even though snow Redding (Fawndale inter- traction devices as "devices or removal vehicles have flash- change). All semi-trucks will mechanisms having a compo- ing lights, visibility may be so be checked to make sure they sition and design Capable of restricted during a storm that have a full set of tire chains improving vehicle traction, it is difficult to see the slow before being allowed to travel braking and cornering ability moving equipment, north Into areas where chains upon snow or ice-covered sur- When stalled, stay with the will be required, faces. Tire traction devices vehicle and try to conserve fu- Metering will be implement- shall be constructed and as- el while maintaining warmth, ed when necessary to control sembled to provide sufficient Be alert to any possible ex- the number of vehicles that structural integr'ty, and to haust or carbon monoxide feed into the snow area. This prevent acmdental detach- problems, congestion control procedure ment from vehicles. gives Caltrans a better chance "Tire traction deyices shall About delays and closures of keeping the freeway open. at the time of manufacture or Weather and road condi- At times drivers will be re- final assembly, bear a perma- tions change rapidly and may quired to use chains before en- nent impression indicating cause a change in chain con- countering snow on the pave- the name, initialsor trade- trol points or a closure of the ment. This is necessary due to mark of the assembling com- highway, the limited number of fully pany or primary m nufactur- The highway may be open equipped checkpoints, chang- er, and the country in which when drivers leave home, but ing snow levels, and the need the devices were manufac- may close or have chain con- to prevent problems beforetured or assembled in final trols imposed as they are tray- they happen, form." cling to their destinations. For more information on Spinouts and accidents hap- winter driving or chain con- pen frequently during storms, trols check out the web at cal- which may block the roadway trans2.info or if traveling for several hours. Heavily through Oregon, visit traveled routes are particular- tripcheck.com. Snow tire and chain definitions The California Vehicle Code. Section 558 defines a snow-tread tire as, "A 'snow- FlOW HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH AURA WHITTAKER Everyone knows you feel better after a goo6 night's sleep. 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The National Sleep Founda- One of the benefits of sleep is tion estimates sleep depriva- it helps to reduce the levels of tion and sleep disorders cost stress and inflammation m Americans over $100 billion your body. High levels of in- annually in lost productivity, flammation arelinked to medical expenses, sick leave, heart attacks, heart disease and property and environmen- and strokes. Sleep can also tal damage, help keep blood pressure and Sleep helps repair your cholesterol levels, which play body. Your body produces ex- a role in heart disease, lower. tra protein molecules while Sleep reduces stress. 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