Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mostly Cause I Can't See You When it's Pouring

I have never looked this particular statistic up, but there are times when it seems that the great state of California leads the nation in traffic/driving laws. We must now use handsfree devices when talking on the cell phone while driving; and as of January 1, 2009 there is also no texting while driving.

It turns out there is also a law about turning on your car's headlights when using the windshield wipers. Every time it rains I hear the weather man remind us drivers to "turn on those headlights," and I finally looked it up (online of course). There it is, right there in the California Driver Handbook:

Use Your Headlights
  • When it is cloudy, raining, snowing, or foggy. If weather conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you must turn on your headlights.

This is a good thing because I have a hard time seeing dark cars driving on the freeway in pelting rain--when the water is not just pouring down from the sky, but is also shooting up at you, spewing from the tires of the car in front.

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