If you’ve ever had to drive through a severe storm, you know how dangerous the roads can become. The roadways get slick with the first few drops of rain, and visibility is significantly lowered.
It’s important to take some time to go over safety tips for driving through storms, because they do become more common as spring turns to summer. Knowing what you can do to prevent crashes may help you avoid a serious collision that results in your hospitalization or worse.
Heading out? Get the weather report
Before you go out for a drive, remember to check the weather. If the day is going to have inclement weather, take a few extra steps before getting into your vehicle. Check that your tires have good tread and that your lights are in good working condition. Test your hazard lights, and test your brakes before pulling out of the driveway.
You want to know that your vehicle is in the best condition possible before you head out if you know a storm is likely. That way, you’ll be able to brake better, using the proper lighting in an emergency and rely on your vehicle.
Driving in storms: Keep updated
Another important thing for you to do if you have to drive during a storm is to turn on your weather station on the radio to listen for updates. You need to know what to expect.
Will the storm last for only a few minutes? It may be a good idea to pull over and wait before continuing. Will there be a potential for hail or the off-chance for tornado activity? Parking and heading inside might be a better choice than pulling to the side of the road.
A good weather report can help you make a plan in worsening weather, so get updates as quickly as you can to help you decide what to do.
These are a couple of important tips for you as you prepare for spring and summer driving. The right approach may help you minimize the risk of a serious accident and get you to your destination safely.