For many drivers the most safety pressing concern might not be to drive on Strong Wind and rain, but we know that driving on severe weathers might be dangerous for you, your family and other drivers around you. Keep in mind that driving in Strong wind and rain condition requires your utmost focus on the road so be minimize the distractions around you turn off the radio or turning off your phone to keep you focused on the road. Keep in mind that in some severe conditions if possible the best driving decision is to keep off the road all together and wait for the weather to clear off.
Driving in strong winds
Wind may seem a minor risk, but for this weather condition, drivers deserve special consideration. Strong wind can occur nearly anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces. There are also areas of concern for over passing highways, tunnels and’ road cuts’ through mountainous areas that can act as wind funnels. The following tips can help keep you on the road and safe if you encounter heavy winds.
- Anticipate gusts. Make sure to take special care when driving through areas that are prone to heavy winds or predicting severe weather.
- Notice bigger vehicles. Be aware of large cars on the road, such as tractors and leisure vehicles. They are more vulnerable to high winds and drivers may have difficulty staying on their tracks.
- Keep the wheel firmly griped. Keep both hands on the wheel, especially when driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer, when the wind begins to move your vehicle.
Driving in Strong and Heavy Rain
Drivers should be prepared to protect themselves from hydroplaning in addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies the heaviest rain. Hydroplaning may occur when a vehicle travels too fast under heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water instead of grabbing the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and may even result in your vehicle losing control. Follow these tips to help you stay safe during heavy rain driving.
- Take your time. Slowing down is the only way your vehicle can avoid hydroplaning. Remember also that one of the most dangerous driving times is soon after it begins to rain, as road oils create slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes can be a safer plan when it rains, rather than rushing to your destination.
- Turn your light on. Turn on your headlights to help you see other vehicles. Many states, even in wide daylight, require the use of headlights during rain.
- Give other vehicles more room. Add 1-2 extra seconds of rain time, which gives more time for you and the cars behind you to react to traffic.