Driving during a Tropical Storm
Well it’s that time of year again. It is time to go to the hardware store and get supplies like batteries, flashlights, and wood to board the windows. If you live in the South or by the Coast you know exactly what we’re talking about. You guessed it, hurricane season is upon us. Florida just got pounded with heavy rains and winds for about five days from Tropical Storm Debby. The accidents in the Orlando area were beyond belief. A major stretch of Interstate 4 had nearly thirty collisions due to the wet conditions on the roads. Is there anything we can learn from this? How different should we drive in tropical conditions?
First off, if you have to be on the roads, you must drive slowly. Speeding is the leading cause of accidents during undesirable conditions. Vehicles can lose all traction and hydroplane when water is present on the roads. Flooding can become a major concern, and it can happen quickly. Roads can become hazardous within minutes of a heavy rainstorm. You must proceed with caution. Debris such as tree limbs can make the highway seem like an obstacle course.
Winds can play tricks with your vehicle and make it unstable. Gerber Collision and Glass have seen the results tropical weather can put on a vehicle. Use common sense and always drive as slow as possible. Check your local weather report before venturing out in these extreme conditions. The smartest thing to do is stay off the roads if winds are strong enough to affect your driving. Be smart and stay safe out there during hurricane season.