While you can’t change the weather, you can change how you respond to it, especially during hurricane season. When you’re driving this can mean the difference between getting into a car accident and arriving safely at your destination. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to avoid this season’s most common driving dangers.
Now through November 30 you’re faced with the hurricane season – especially from August through October. Although hurricanes aren’t too bad on the transportation industry, oftentimes there are lingering effects on the humans within the industry. For instance, Hurricane Harvey impacted about 10% of Texas’ trucking operations at some level in August 2017. Not only was some of the industry’s equipment and shipments damaged but drivers themselves faced threats before, during, and after the storm.
Expectations Before a Hurricane
Start monitoring the weather a few days before the hurricane is expected to hit. This is important because strong winds can start to make driving treacherous, pulling your car and flipping even larger vehicles like tractor-trailers. This is when you need to really stay alert, slow your speed down, and do your best to get off the road as soon as possible. When you do park your vehicle, make sure it’s next to a building that’ll help cut down the wind’s direct path so your vehicle doesn’t flip over.
Throughout the storm make sure you watch your local weather for any sudden, unexpected changes that may occur. You should also watch the U.S. Department of Transportation website for current road conditions and closings. Despite what you hear or see you must also remember to never drive your car through high water or when you can’t see the road. You don’t know if there’s a downed power line or other debris there.
Expectations After a Hurricane
Even though the hurricane season may be over there are still many things you need to watch for. It’s always good to heed these tips, especially directly after a hurricane:
- Be on the lookout for damage caused by crumbling infrastructure or washouts.
- Make sure your has enough fuel for dealing with traffic jams. Remember fuel stations in the affected area is probably closed.
- Bring extra food and water for you. It’s difficult to find these things in the affected areas.
- Don’t rely on GPS because you don’t know if the communication system may be down or overloaded. Bring a paper map along with you.
Preparing for More Than Hurricane Season
Although it’s important to prepare for driving during hurricane season, you want to make sure that you take precautions so you don’t get into a car accident at any other time of the year either. This is why you should always be prepared for weather changes that could quickly alter road conditions. Set up alerts on your phone so you’re aware of these things as soon as they happen. When you know that they’re happening, make sure you reduce your speed and leave a safe distance between you and the other vehicles around you on the road.
It’s also important to make sure your vehicle is ready for any emergency you may encounter. Make sure you have blankets, extra clothing, and road flares in your trunk. Keep your mirrors, taillights, and windshields clean. These things should go without saying but using your common sense when driving in bad weather really is the best way to avoid a car accident.
Of course, nobody wants to get into a car accident but if you do, you should know that the Rojas Law Group is there to help represent you. They’ve helped many people navigate their way through insurance and litigation over the years. If you’re in an accident this year, turn to them and let them help you put your life back together too.
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