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November 15, 2016 > Car windshield safety

Car windshield safety

Submitted By San Leandro PD

What does your carÕs windshield look like in the morning before you leave your house? With the arrival of fall, many windshields are covered in moisture each day and will soon be covered in ice as temperatures began to drop during the fall and winter seasons.

Whether you are leaving for work or just trying to get your kids to school on time, driving with a windshield that is anything but clear, is dangerous and a violation of the law.

Each year, law enforcement officers investigate early morning car accidents that are caused by drivers who couldnÕt see where they were going. Operating your car in this condition may result in an officer issuing you a citation, but more importantly, could easily be the cause of an accident that ends in tragedy.

ÒWe would like to remind everyone to plan a few extra minutes each morning before you drive away from your house to increase your visibility by defrosting or cleaning your windshield so that you can clearly see through it,Ó said Lt. Robert McManus. ÒThis includes your side and rear windows too. Those few extra minutes may make the difference in whether or not you arrive safely at your final destination,Ó he said.

However, police warn not to leave your car running while unattended, as this creates a perfect opportunity for a thief to steal it. Be prepared. Plan ahead. A quick trip back into the house to get something you forgot while your car is Òwarming upÓ could end with returning to a car that has just been stolen.

Additionally, this is the perfect time to prepare your car for the winter weather and nighttime driving. Inspect your windshield wiper blades and check all of the lights on your car. Ask a friend, family member or neighbor to assist you, and check the operation of your headlights, turn signals and brake lights. Replace worn wiper blades and bulbs that arenÕt functioning properly.

As a reminder, and especially on wet, rainy days, police recommend that you increase the distance between you and the car in front of you, as roads can be slick and may take longer for you to stop. Even in the daytime, turn your headlights on when your windshield wipers are in use. Lastly, refrain from anything that may distract you while youÕre driving, such as using a cell phone, reading the newspaper, or paying attention to something other than whatÕs in front of you.

The San Leandro Police Department wants you to reach your destination safely. Always wearing your seatbelt and following these safety tips will increase your chances of doing so.

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