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Driving Safely in Hazardous Weather

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Driving in weather conditions that include strong winds and heavy rain may not seem dangerous at first, but safety professionals are aware that driving in any type of severe weather can dramatically increase the risk and potential for a dangerous situation for all drivers. Driving in severe weather requires full attention and minimizing any possible distractions by turning off the radio or silencing any cellphones to keep full attention on the road. The best way to avoid any risk is to stay off the road completely, if possible. 

Driving in Heavy Winds

The wind can seem like a minor risk but actually deserves special consideration from drivers. Strong winds can occur anywhere and at any time. High winds can be more prominent in wide open spaces. Highways, overpasses, tunnels and road cuts through mountainous areas that can act as funnels for wind. The following tips can help while driving in heavy winds: 

  1. Expect gusts.
  2. Keep a safe distance between your car and larger vehicles.
  3. Keep a firm grip on the wheel.

Driving in Heavy Rain

In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the risk to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. . Follow the advice below to help you stay safe while driving in the rain.

  1. Take your time
  2. Turn your lights on.
  3. Give other vehicles more space.

Remember always drive with caution in severe weather.



Post Date: 7/11/2017

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