Oncken Insurance Agency, P.C. Blog
There are times we can't avoid it. Or something significant forces us to brave the harsh conditions. It is a difficult task; your senses are overwhelmed. The loud noise of water pouring down and the whistling wind can mask other sounds. The water drops decrease your visibility. The road is slippery, and you feel less in control. I'd be talking about driving during stormy weather.
When road conditions are unforgiving, the best safety tip is staying off it. However, for the times you cannot avoid it, your undivided attention is required. I would suggest turning off your radio and putting away your phone. Concentrate on your car and the road. Risks increase significantly during stormy weather, and you want to ensure you can overcome it.
There are two primary considerations when driving in stormy weather. These are rain and wind. Let's go through each.
The road can get slippery, and you may be susceptible to hydroplaning. It is when your tires lose grip of the road and are against a thin layer of water instead. Not only does it make the road quite slippery, but you can lose control of the car too. Steering and braking can be less responsive and more difficult. The greatest way to avoid this is by not speeding and maintaining a slow and safer speed. It is also why you need to maintain more distance between cars to give others more space to maneuver.
Visibility is another problem due to the rain. The water can make it difficult for you to see obstructions on the road and other cars as well. Turn on your car's headlights and always ensure your wiper blades are in excellent condition.
You may not think of the wind as a danger to your car, but during stormy weather, it can be a significant threat. Be wary of areas that may have strong wind like open highways, tunnels, and overpasses. Stay clear of large and tall vehicles. Not only can they have difficulty staying in their lane, but they may also topple if the wind does get that strong. Always have a firm hand grip on the wheel to fight against the push of the wind.
Following these safety tips do not only protect yourself and the car but the other people on the road as well. Always be responsible and alert when driving, especially during severe weather.
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