With Hurricane Irma quickly approaching, you might find yourself driving in some bad weather. Rain and wind can drastically change driving conditions. Therefore, here are ten tips that you should remember before and when you drive in the rain or during a heavy storm:
- Fill up your tank earlier in the week. The last thing you need to be worrying about is having to fill up while trying to concentrate on a rainy road.
- Check your tires. Tires with weak tread may not grip a wet road as well as newer tires with thicker tread. Make sure your tires are safe for the roads.
- Make sure your windshield whippers are newer. It is important that your windshield is as clear as possible so you can see an object and other vehicles around you.
- Keep both hands on the wheel. Set the radio and GPS directions prior to leaving. You need to have full control of your vehicle at all times.
- Turn on your lights. Whether it be day or night, when it rains make sure to turn on your headlights so other cars can see you.
- Prepare for gusts. Avoid areas with strong winds.
- Watch out for larger vehicles. Larger vehicles are much harder to control when it is windy and can have difficulty staying in their lane.
- Maintain a large distance with the car in front of you. Cars may have difficulty stopping due to wet conditions.
- Expect the unexpected. Often times during storms, other drivers fail to drive safely. Make sure to watch around you and drive defensively.
- TAKE YOUR TIME. Do not rush. Maintain a safe speed limit and be sure to obey all traffic rules and signals.
Getting to your destination without an accident is most important. If you or someone you know is injured during the storm due to the negligence of another, contact Nicoletti Law Firm at (727) 845-5972. We hope that you and your family are safe from this storm!