During the warm summer months, the weather can often be unpredictable and dangerous. Strong winds, downpours, and hail, all common during summer storms, create dangerous driving conditions. While it is best to avoid driving in these weather conditions, there are times you find yourself stuck driving through a storm. Here are some tips for driving in inclement weather.
- Hydroplaning is common. Even if it appears there is little moisture on the road, they can become slick and hazardous. To lower your chances of hydroplaning, be sure to reduce your speed and drive free of any distractions.
- Always keep your headlights on during rainy conditions. While most cars have automatic headlights, sometimes they do not turn on if it is light outside. Anytime you are using your windshield wipers, your headlights should be turned on as well. This makes it easier for other drivers to see your car during rain storms.
- Windstorms create dangerous driving conditions. Strong gusts can be strong enough to even move your car around on the road. During a windstorm, keep a strong grip on your steering wheel and keep your eyes focused on the road at all times.
- If you are caught driving in any kind of storm, it is very important to keep a safe following distance between you and the cars in front of you. In the event you need to brake or turn suddenly, you will want to have extra space around you in case you slide on the slick roads.
Follow these simple tips if you find yourself driving through inclement weather this summer. If you have been injured in an accident, call Kaiman & Crahan today to schedule a free consultation.