Summertime can bring extreme weather. Even if we do not find ourselves the victim of a hurricane there are still several torrential downpours during the season. Almost daily you can expect to get hit with heavy storm. Surely many of us find ourselves pulling over or stopping somewhere when it gets to the point we cannot see out of the windshield anymore. Our last several blogs have focused on the importance of ensuring our homes, pets and families are secure, so now we would like to focus on safe driving in this weather.
Here are some tips to help you be a safer driver in the event of extreme weather:
- Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary, and if you must plan the safest route.
- Keep your radio on and listen for weather updates.
- Turn on your headlights and hazards and drive slowly. In most states it is a law to have your headlights on during inclement weather.
- Watch for trees or other obstructions that can be in the road during storms.
- Do not follow close. When roads are slick you need extra time and room for breaking.
- Steer clear of flooded roadways.
- Keep an eye out for down power lines.
- Being in a car is safer than being outside if lightening was to strike.
- Regularly check your tires and windshield wipers. It is good practice to replace your wiper blades every 6-12 months. If you live in an area with heavy rains you may have to change more often.
- When coming to an intersections, approach with extreme caution.
- Just because you have control of your car does not mean every one else does. Always be aware of your surroundings, keep a safe following distance and drive defensively.
- Avoid contact with metal surfaces inside your car or outside.
For information about driving in a tornado check here.
For information about dealing with a hail storm check here.
The Weather Channel has great tips for dealing with flooding that are very helpful this time of year as well.