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6 Traffic Tips for Inclement Weather

20 Dec Blog | Comments

No matter where you live in the world, there is inclement weather to deal with. Some places deal with tornadoes and/or hurricanes. Other places deal with several feet of snow. There are also sandstorms, rainstorms, avalanches and many other forms of inclement weather people in different locations have to deal with. Listed below are 6 traffic tips to help deal inclement weather while driving.

  1. Fresh wipers – Believe it or not windshield wipers could mean the difference between life and death in an inclement weather situation. Being able to out the front window is so important in getting from one place to another safely especially when the weather is bad. You are traveling during a sandstorm and your windshield wipers are old and don’t work properly you will have a very hard time seeing out the window. Be sure to change your windshield wipers on a regular basis.
  2. Standing water- Never drive through standing water. You have no idea how deep the water is or how far you will have to travel through that standing water. If the water comes up high enough could flood your engine rendering your car un-drivable. Then you will have to exit your car and walk through that standing water having no idea how deep it is or how far you’ll have to walk through it. The best course of action when you see standing water is to take an alternate route or drive around it if possible.
  3. Electrical lines – If at any point while you’re driving you come across a downed electrical line it should be avoided at all costs. You have no idea whether that electrical line is active or not.  If it is active and you try to drive over it you and all the people in your car could get electrocuted.
  4. Emergency kit – Every person owning a vehicle should have some type of emergency kit in their vehicle. Your emergency kit should be based upon the type of weather in your area. For example, if you live in an area that get a lot of snow you  should have an emergency kit with blankets, food and water, in case you get stranded so you will be able to keep warm and hydrated.
  5. Non-working traffic lights – Occasionally during bad weather traffic lights will not function properly. Should you come across a traffic light it is not working it should be treated as a four way stop.
  6. Limited vision – If you are ever driving in situation where it is hard for you to see the vehicles in front of you should slow down dramatically and put on your hazard lights. Putting on your hazard lights allows the traffic behind you to have a better chance of seeing you.

No one likes to drive during inclement weather. However, sometimes it is necessary to go out when the weather is not great. Following the above traffic tips will help keep you and your loved one safe during inclement weather.

 

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