There have been a spate of hurricanes throughout the US this past year. In the wake of every, hurricane, tornado or tropical storm, residents are forced to decide whether to evacuate or seek shelter. This is a crucial decision when you take into consideration the hazardous conditions of the roads during and after a natural catastrophe like a hurricane. It is imperative to identify and understand the hazards on the road in such conditions and take preventative measures to avoid or minimize the risk of getting into an auto accident. An accident in such conditions can be particularly dangerous as emergency services and rescue vehicles are all pre-occupied elsewhere and may be subject to prolonged delays in responding to an accident scene. If you’re looking for more tips read more here.
Hurricanes and tropical storms generally are accompanied by fast winds and heavy rains leading to flash flooding, road collapses, flying debris and other hazards for anyone that is out on the road. Multiple fatalities have been reported because of people venturing out in hurricanes in their car. The causes of death have been drowning, electrocution, or car accidents caused by flying debris, slippery surfaces, or collisions with other drivers or objects. The best advice for a driver is to stay off the road in such weather conditions unless and until they have no choice. People generally are emboldened to venture out if a state of emergency has not been declared or if it has ended. This can be a foolhardy act because even in the aftermath of a storm, roads may be flooded or otherwise obstructed, electric poles may have fallen down or there may be signboards and other debris at heights that may fall and cause injury to a driver.
However, in instances where you are faced with a legitimate emergency and you have no option but to drive in such circumstances, it is essential to follow the guidelines mentioned below:
Avoid Driving Through Flowing Water.
Under inclement conditions, 6 inches of water is enough to cause a car to float thereby making it almost impossible to escape through the doors without incurring an injury. If you are trapped in your vehicle it is advisable to call 911 and seek their assistance immediately.
Never Ignore Barricades Or Temporary Signs In Inclement Weather
Although a particular danger or threat may not be visible to the naked eye, the presence of barricades or temporary signs usually indicates that the road has been blocked for a good reason. Roads that are in danger of collapsing may sometimes look perfectly fine to the untrained eye.
Avoid Speeding In Inclement Weather
Speeding in rainy windy conditions can cause a car to lose traction and skid off the road.
Avoid Using Cruise Control
Using cruise control on slippery, waterlogged roadways can cause a vehicle to skid, if you see another vehicle sliding out of control it is advisable to pull over to a safe spot and avoid any potential accidents.
Be Aware Of Other Drivers On The Road
Although you may be driving safely and reasonably in extreme weather conditions, there is no way to ensure that others on the road are doing the same. Use common sense and caution behind the wheel while keeping a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles.