Tips to Drive Safe During Hurricane Season
It is only the very beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic, and already one has touched down on the Gulf Coast in Florida. Unfortunately, after the onslaught last season, it looks like residents this year can expect more of the same. Even when it is simply a tropical storm that makes a landing, it can still cause plenty of harm. In addition to wind damage and flooding, one of the most significant risks is the dangers of car accidents and injuries. Be ready for whatever this season holds by reviewing these driver safety tips designed to protect you, your passengers, and others on the road.
Driving During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
According to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2018 hurricane season is likely to be as busy as last year. The agency issued its predictions May 24, 2018, which includes up to 16 named tropical storms, up to nine reaching hurricane wind force, and up to four with sustained winds reaching 111 miles per hour or greater. While there is no way to predict in advance which of these storms is likely to make landfall in Florida, there are ways to protect yourself, particularly when it comes to getting behind the wheel.
In the event a tropical weather or more major storm warning is issued, your safest bet is to stay off the roads. While this is not always possible, you can help to minimize your risks by paying attention to weather forecasts and leaving before emergency evacuation orders are officially issued. If you do find yourself driving in pouring rain, wind, and other tropical weather, follow these tips from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV):
- Keep your head lights and windshield wipers turned on. Not only is it required by Florida law to use your headlights whenever your wipers are on, but it can also help increase your visibility. If you have not already done so, make sure your lights are in good working order and get your wipers replaced.
- Keep hazard lights off. Other than as part of a funeral procession, hazards lights should only be used for emergency purposes and when you are pulled off the road.
- Keep a safe speed. Depending on the conditions, you may need to go slower than the speed limit. Keep plenty of room between yourself and other cars as well as to prevent rear end car accidents;
- Never drive where there are heavy puddles or the potential for flooding. You cannot tell how deep the water is simply by looking at a puddle in the road, and it could contain dangerous debris or power lines.
In addition to the above, protect yourself by wearing your seat belt and keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.
Contact Us Today for Help
At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we are here to help when the unexpected happens. Reach out and contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney to find out how we can assist you in getting compensation when injuries occur.