Hurricane season brings battering winds, torrential rains and potentially dangerous wet and flooded roads. These hurricane safe driving tips could save a life – yours, a passenger, pedestrian or those in another vehicle.
Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. This does more than simply increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. It also lets the driver behind you know you’re slowing down.
Be more meticulous about using turn signals. That will help other drivers know your intentions
Slow down. Slow down and allow yourself enough space so you can stop safely. And take turns and curves with less speed than you would in dry conditions.
Puddles. Avoid large puddles, which can be deeper than they look. After you cross a puddle, tap your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.
Don’t use cruise control. If you hydroplane, there’s the chance your car could actually accelerate. Cruise control also allows drivers to be less vigilant and to take their foot away from the pedals, which is not a great idea when reaction time is so important. If you start to hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly or turn the wheel, or you might spin into a skid. Release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until the car regains traction.
Pay special attention to pedestrians. An ordinarily observant pedestrian may become distracted by fiddling with an umbrella or a rain slicker. Plus, raindrops deaden sound, so the usual audio clues for measuring car distances become obscured. Keep a sharp lookout for people in the road.
Put headlights on low beam. Even if you have daylight running lights, low beam will allow you to be see more easily in daylight. And if it’s raining after dark, low beam will create less glare, also allowing other vehicles to see you more easily. Don’t put on your high beams, which can scatter light and bounce it off rain and fog droplets, further decreasing your visibility and blinding oncoming motorists.
Avoid foogged windows. To avoid fogged windows inside your car during heavy rainfalls, run the heat and air-conditioning simultaneously.
Wear your polarized sunglasses. Experts say that lightly tinted glasses can sometimes improve visual acuity during extreme conditions.
Use your emergency flashers. If you choose to stop driving and wait out a downpour, put on your emergency flashers when you’ve pulled safely off the road.
These safe driving tips for hurricane season are from my go-to automotive resource, Edmunds.com.