How To Drive in Nasty Weather

Weather is often unpredictable.  We might be told during the morning news about an impending snow storm or a heat wave, but many of us (or just me) often go about life with our daily routines and feel blind-sighted by crazy weather.  Last night, while driving home from work, the torrential downpour snuck up on me and my fellow drivers as we cautiously navigated the road ahead of us.

It took much longer for me to get home because I wanted to avoid the roads that were already closed do to flooding.  I got home, thanked my lucky stars that I arrived there safely and proceeded to think, “Wait, what would I have done if all the roads that lead home WERE flooded?  Would I have survived or panicked?”

I spoke with a few experts on our sales team and then checked with a few websites to see if I was missing anything… here is the information that I’ve gathered.

How to survive a rainstorm in your car:

  1. SLOW DOWN!  There’s no reason to be in a hurry.  Wherever you need to be, people must understand that you’re traveling in inclement weather and that if you’re running late as a result, tough luck.  Worst things have happened.  Drive slowly and maintain distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  2. Even in light rain, you should keep your lights on.  The lights help YOU see the road in front of you and also help OTHER drivers see you.  When visibility is low, it’s important that your lights are there to guide both you and fellow drivers.
  3. Don’t drive through flooded areas.  Turn around and find another route.  When there isn’t another route for you to take, go to higher ground and wait out the storm or wait until emergency vehicles arrive to help stranded drivers.
  4. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides in dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can wash away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
  5. Just six inches of water can reach the bottom of most vehicles, causing loss of control or stalling; one foot of water will turn the average car into a boat-causing it to float; and two feet of water will sweep away most vehicles.  You are NOT immune to these circumstances just because you’re in a SUV or truck.
  6. Whenever possible, drive in the middle lane because water collects at the side of the road–significantly increasing the chances of flooding there.
  7. Most importantly, make sure your vehicle is prepared for bad weather.  This means that it’s important to get your tires checks (pressure & tread), windshield wipers replaced at least once a year, and replace a broken side mirror or broken tail light right away—you don’t want to be stuck in a storm without either of those vital mechanisms.

Remember, stay safe on the road and use common sense.

Did I miss anything?  Any questions?  Comment below!

-Christina

Sources:

http://www.smartmotorist.com/driving-guideline/tips-for-driving-in-rain.html

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/flood.html

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Christina Colosimo is the social media manager at Oak Lawn Toyota and she handles customer service issues–both complaints and compliments. All views expressed in Christina’s writing reflects ONLY her opinion. Christina’s views do not necessarily represent the views of Oak Lawn Toyota and its employees.

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