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10 Tips to Help You Drive Safely in the Rain

Driving in rain

Rainy road with car

After just experiencing our first bout of heavy rain in 2018, we thought it'd be wise to remind all Angelenos how to drive on wet roads. This week’s storm has created some very dangerous conditions to be aware of. Because of Southern California's notoriously dry weather, rain water makes the roads slick with oil. This, paired with low visibility, can be a recipe for disaster. Here are some tips to keep in mind when driving on rainy roads:

1. Slow down

Did you know that “at speeds as low as 35 mph, new tires can still lose some contact with the roadway,” as stated by AAA. Even if it takes twice the amount of time usually spent on your regular commute, the loss of time is worth the prevention of the loss of lives.

2. Check your car before driving

Ensure that all parts of your vehicle (especially your wipers, lights, and turn signals) are functioning properly before getting behind the wheel. Also, check your tire tread to make sure your tires aren't slick.

3. Cancel cruise control

It’s all too easy to hydroplane while on cruise control. In order to be able to make the quick adjustments and reactions necessary in rainy conditions, control speed manually.

4. Turn your lights on

It's the law in California to turn your headlights on during rain, even in broad daylight. It'll help other vehicles see you.

5. Be alert

Please avoid sudden braking or sharp turning, and try to drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. Doing these will prevent accidents from happening. Additionally, steer clear of puddles as these may be disguising dangerous potholes.

6. Keep a safe distance

That being said, try to maintain a greater distance between your car and those in front (an extra 1-2 seconds) and around you. If any sudden swerving or braking does occur, this will keep you from harm's way.

7. Know what to do if a skid occurs

AAA suggests that you “continue to look and steer in the direction in which the driver wants the car to go,” and, “avoid slamming on the brakes as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to control.”

8. Do things one-at-a-time

Brake before continuing to turn, and only then, accelerate.

9. Don’t attempt to drive in flooded areas and check the weather

If an area seems to have very deep water, please attempt to find another route instead of taking a risk. Check the weather before driving. If rainfall seems particularly heavy, consider driving at a later time.

10. Be extra careful when driving around curves and on-ramps

These spots have proven themselves to be the most dangerous areas of road during stormy weather.

Check out this cool "How to Drive in Heavy Rain" video by Ford. 

 

 

Download the New UCLA Safe Ride App!

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UCLA-Safe-Ride-Blog

The new Safe Ride app is now available to all UCLA students, staff, faculty and visitors. Download the app through Google Play or the Apple Store to request a Safe Ride van at night to take you between campus buildings and nearby residential areas.

Vans can be requested Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (excluding University holidays and breaks).

Operating under the the supervision of the UCLA Police Department, UCLA Safe Ride — previously known as the CSO Evening Van — provides secure, reliable evening transportation for anyone on campus. Safe Ride vans are driven by Community Service Officers (CSOs) who carry two-way radios that directly link to UCPD. UCLA Safe Ride is available during the fall, winter and spring quarters, and has wheelchair accessible vehicles available upon request.

Vans stop at designated stop locations only. Please note that stops are no longer automatic and rides will need to be requested through the UCLA Safe Ride mobile app.

Click here for more information.

 

 

Getting Road Ready for National Preparedness Month

Are You Ready? road sign

Are You Ready? road sign

Here in Southern California, around the U.S. and abroad, fires ignited, waters rose, winds grew strong and the ground shook.

The recent sequence of back-to-back natural disasters like Texas' Hurricane Harvey and the Mexico City earthquake are violently direct reminders that emergency situations can arise at any time — including during your commute.

It's critical to be ready for anything at any time. At UCLA Transportation, safety is a top priority. This is why all UCLA vanpools come equipped with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

With October being National Preparedness Month, we've made a list of roadside emergency essentials to keep Bruin commuters safe.

1. First aid You can assemble a homemade kit or pick up a prepackaged version. For a comprehensive list of supplies see the Red Cross recommendations. Also consider getting first aid and CPR training. Having that knowledge could save a life.

  • Gauze bandages and smaller adhesive bandages
  • Hand sanitizerFirst aid kit
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pain relievers
  • Cotton balls
  • Scissor, tweezer and safety pins
  • CPR mask
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Eyewash cup
  • Burn ointment
  • Sunscreen Gauze/absorbent pads
  • Cloth tape

2. Car toolkit

  • Equipment to change a flat tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable jump starter
  • Foam tire sealant
  • Work gloves

3. Cleanup supplies:  These are crucial car safety items that will can come in handy during any of your travels.

  • Microfiber towels or rags and multipurpose hand cleaner Multipurpose tool

4. Survival supplies

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Headlamp
  • Duct tape
  • Traditional flares, reflective triangles or battery-powered emergency beacon
  • Purified drinking water, a water carrier and water purification tablets
  • High calorie energy or protein bars or other non-perishable snacks
  • Emergency poncho
  • Wool or emergency (space) blankets
  • Flashlight, glow sticks, matches and emergency candles
  • Solar- and hand-crank-powered light/radio/cellphone charger
  • Extra batteries

The best space to store your emergency kit is in the trunk. Use a clear plastic container with a secure lid, arrange items in a tidy manner so they are easy to see and grab, tape an itemized list to the outside of the kit and be sure to replace anything that gets used up or expires.

You can also put everything in a duffel bag or backpack, which may fit easier and be more convenient should you need to leave the car. Pick one with lots of compartments.

A good commuter is a prepared commuter. Recent AAA research found that four in 10 Americans do not carry an emergency kit in their car.

In addition to your car safety items remember these automobile basics: Have a car cellphone charger, tuck some cash safely away in your vehicle, keep the gas tank and other fluids full (oil, antifreeze and transmission) and make sure the tires are in good shape.

What if instead of being in the driver's seat, you're a passenger riding public transportation when disaster strikes? Follow Metro's steps for what to do if you're on the bus or train or at a station during an earthquake.

 

 

CSO Evening Van Rebranded As UCLA Safe Ride

UCLA Safe Ride Blog_V2

UCLA Safe Ride Blog_V2

Did you know that you can get free rides at night between campus buildings and to on-campus housing and nearby residential areas?

UCLA Safe Ride, previously known as the CSO Evening Van, provides secure, reliable evening transportation for all UCLA staff, faculty, students and visitors.

All you have to do is download the TapRide app through Google Play or the Apple Store, and request a van Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m. (excluding University holidays and breaks).

Operating under the the supervision of the UCLA Police Department, Safe Ride vans are driven by Community Service Officers (CSOs) who carry two-way radios that directly link to UCPD. UCLA Safe Ride is available during the fall, winter and spring quarters, and has wheelchair accessible vehicles available upon request.

Vans stop at designated stop locations only. Please note that stops are no longer automatic and rides will need to be requested through the TapRide mobile app.

Click here for more information.

 

20 is Plenty: UCLA Changing Campus Speed Limit

Twenty-Is-Plenty-Blog-Header

Twenty-Is-Plenty-Blog-Header20 is Plenty. That's UCLA Transportation's new campaign to promote a campuswide speed limit change.

Effective September 26, 2017, UCLA is lowering its roadway speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. The goal is to make the campus even safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Plus, lowering the speed limit encourages more people to use active transportation modes, which will, in turn, make UCLA a healthier campus.

Studies have shown that the chances of a serious injury or death for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle rise rapidly as speed increases. A motorist traveling at 16 mph, for example, has a 10% chance of sustaining serious injuries, while a motorist going 31 mph has a 50% chance.

The risk of death for a pedestrian also increases as vehicle speeds increase. A pedestrian faces a 10% risk of death when struck by a vehicle traveling at 23 mph and a 50% chance at 42 mph.

“For years, UCLA Transportation has worked with its campus partners to transform the car-centric campus built environment to a more walkable, bike-able, livable campus,” said Dave Karwaski, senior associate director of planning and traffic.

The effort to reduce the campus speed limit has occurred incrementally over time. UCLA first reduced campus roadways speeds from 35 mph to 25 mph in 2005. Lower speed limits have in recent years been introduced in several cities as well.