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  • Never stare into the high beams of another car; guide your vehicle by watching the right edge of the road.

  • Do not flick your high beams up and down to remind another driver to dim his bright lights. It can blind him temporarily.

  • Never use high beams when going into a curve.

  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.

  • Keep your instrument panels dim.

  • Keep your eyes moving; avoid focusing on any one object.

  • Keep a bottle of windshield or glass cleaner in the cab for mirrors and interior windshields.

  • Keep your windows clean. Wiping the blades with club soda or carbonated water will significantly reduce streaking.

  • If the washing solution under your hood does not leave the glass clean after 10 wiper cycles, replace the blades and/or use a stronger concentration of washing fluid.

  • Between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., be particularly alert for drunk or drowsy drivers. If you notice another car with erratic speeds, weaving across lanes, or delayed starts at intersections, use extreme care in passing.

Airbags:

Airbags are passive restraint devices

hidden in the steering wheel or dashboard of many cars manufactured today. A passive restraint device is one that operates automatically. In contrast, a seat

belt is an active restraint connected to operate. When

device and must be activated, airbags expel

a non-toxic nitrogen gas which fills a nylon bag. inflates like a balloon to provide a cushion passengers propelled forward by the force of impact.

It to an

A common misconception is that one does not need to wear seat belts if there is an airbag. This is not true. Airbags should be used in conjunction with lap and shoulder belts. Children younger than 9 years of age should not be seated where there is an air bag. It can cause severe injury or death.

BILL BROWN Sheriff-Coroner

Sheriff’s Vision To make a positive difference with our employees and the communities we serve and protect.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS

4434 Calle Real Santa Barbara, CA 93110 (805) 681-4100

SBSO SUBSTATIONS Buellton (805) 686-8150 Carpinteria (805) 568-3399 Isla Vista (805) 681-4148 Lompoc (805) 737-7737 New Cuyama (661) 766-2310 Santa Maria (805) 934-6150 Solvang/Santa Ynez (805) 686-5000

WEB-SITE: www.sbsheriff.org

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

BILL BROWN Sheriff-Coroner

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Do you want to be a better driver?

This brochure is full of tips that can help you be one.

Learn about the basic principles for effective driving, myths about seatbelts, tire blowouts, and much more.

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