Safe driving during winter season

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  • By Senior Airman Justin Parsons
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Winter has arrived once again to Beale Air Force Base and with the drop in temperature, rain systems, strong wind currents and even fog, there is an increased risk to those driving.

The 9th Security Forces Squadron reminds those who call Recce Town home and the surrounding populace to practice safety precautions during this time of year.

 "Due to the low visibility, especially while there is fog, we urge drivers to follow traffic laws and pay attention to the road," said Airman 1st Class Roman Natera Sandoval, 9th SFS defender.

The morning after a rain storm, the clouds will typically clear out and allow an environment where a heavy blanket of fog can form and remain until the temperatures rise later in the day.

"The day after it rains the temperature can decrease enough to reach the dew point causing fog and reducing visibility," said Staff Sgt. Kyle Lever, 9th Operational Support Squadron weather technician. "We can experience this from as early as November to February."

With slick roads from the rain and low visibility, drivers have an increased risk of a vehicular accident.

Natera wants people to remember that with school in session, youth center activities and base housing, driving without distractions is important in keeping fellow members safe.


"Don't text and drive and make sure your heads lights are on," said Natera. "We want everyone to be safe on the roads and enjoy this time of year."