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How To Drive Safely In Extreme Weather Conditions

The United States is a part of the world where its citizens can experience all sorts of weird and wonderful weather conditions. From the rain to snow, tornadoes to thunderstorms, we get them all here!

Weather forecasters and the government will tell you not to travel during extreme weather. But what happens if you get caught up in freak weather conditions during an otherwise uneventful drive in your car?

Today’s blog post is full of useful advice to help you stay safe on the road during adverse weather conditions.

Tornadoes

More than 1,000 tornadoes affect various parts of the United States each year. Some are small, whereas others cause catastrophic damage to human life and property. It can be a frightening experience to be near or in a tornado.

But what should you do if you come across a tornado? The thing about most tornadoes is that they travel in a diagonal manner, from the southwest to the northeast. Armed with that information, head in a 90-degree direction away from the tornado. Don’t follow its path!

Flooding

Another one of nature’s hazards is flooding. Do you travel in a flood plain area, or somewhere local that always gets flooded in heavy rain? If so, you should try to avoid driving on flooded roads.

Just a few inches of rain water can cause damage to your car’s engine and flood the interior. Your car will then become an insurance write-off! I’d hate for that to happen to you. Just because you drive a Suburban, for example, doesn’t mean it can drive through floodwater with no issue!

If you come across a flooded road, do a u-turn and find an alternative route to your destination. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that flooded roads are shallow, when they are quite deep.

Thick fog

You might want to set off to work on an early morning. But the fog is so dense, that you can’t even see a few yards ahead of you!

In those situations, Mark from Used Cars Of Bristol recommends putting your headlights on. A lot of cars are also fitted with front fog lights as standard. If your car has these, make sure you put them on too. The aim is to see and get seen in thick fog.

A lot of European cars also have rear fog lights as standard. Be sure to put those on as well!

Earthquakes

Do you live in a city like San Francisco? If so, earthquakes are part of daily life for you. It’s not easy to predict when or where an earthquake is likely to occur. But if you live a “fault line,” you are going to experience earthquakes more than other people.

If an earthquake happens when you are driving, the best thing to do is find somewhere safe to pull over and park your car. I suggest doing so in an empty parking lot, or one that is far away from buildings.

I hope you won’t ever need to follow this advice. But if you do, you will be well-prepared!

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Published on: September 11, 2014

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