I don’t know about the rest of the United States, but we’ve been experiencing some pretty gnarly storms this spring. Driving in a severe thunderstorm is a skill you learn, just like driving in the snow. For those of you unfamiliar with driving in the rain, Weather.com has some great tips for you.
Here’s a few of them:
- Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.
- Allow extra distance for braking.
- Do not drive unless necessary.
- An automobile provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.
- Avoid flooded roadways.
- Check your windshield wipers and tires regularly to insure that they are ready for severe weather.
- Approach intersections with caution
- Treat traffic lights at intersections as stop signs.
I won’t name names, but a certain person I know wasn’t aware of low points in her town and went down the wrong road during a flash flood. The car stalled, she got out, and six hours later when the car stopped floating (literally, floating), the engine was ruined and had to be flushed.
Moral of the story? Be aware of your surroundings!