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Driving Safe in Windy and Rainy Conditions

What You Need to Know to Keep You Safe

As we have so often heard, “March comes in like a lion.” This could not be truer of springtime weather, especially on the east coast of the country and coastal cities. For areas like Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Atlantic City, New Jersey, this could mean rainy weather and potentially high winds. While staying home and not driving during poor weather conditions is the best way to stay safe, it is not always an option. Here are some tips to being safe on the road during rainy and windy springtime weather.

Safety Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

While a small amount of rain is usually safe to drive in, spring can often bring some torrential downpours. Heavy rain can be especially dangerous to drive in for a number of reasons, including lower to no visibility, slippery roads, and the high potential to hydroplane, which can make turning or braking the vehicle very difficult. If you need to travel during a period of heavy rain, or happen to be driving when the rain starts, some simple tips can help to keep everyone in the car safe.

During a heavy rain storm it is important to slow your speed and take your time getting to the destination. Slowing down gives you more time to react and make corrective actions should a hazard present itself on the road. It is also important to leave a larger amount of space between you and vehicles around you should they need to make corrections. Also, always have headlights on during any rain storm – this will make it easier for you to see and, more importantly, for others to see you.

Safety Tips for Driving in Heavy Winds

Many drivers underestimate how much a strong wind can affect their vehicle and their ability to drive. Common roadway areas, such as tunnels, highway overpasses, and roads that cut through mountainous areas can often act as a funnel for very strong winds. Again – staying off the road during a period of heavy winds is the best way to stay safe, but if staying off the road is simply not an option, being aware of your surroundings and employing other tips can help to keep you and your vehicle safely on the road.

If you are traveling in an area you know, make sure to pay close attention when you reach an area that is known for higher gusts. Anticipating a gust of wind can often help a driver make corrections and stay within his or her lane. Also, make sure to be aware of large vehicles like semi-trucks– since these vehicles are so much larger, they are often more affected by strong gusts of wind. Keeping a firm grip on the wheel with both hands can also help you to redirect the vehicle should the wind begin to move it.

If you are uncomfortable driving in adverse conditions, maybe you could benefit from a driving lesson to show you defensive driving techniques as well as techniques to help you in the conditions mentioned above. If you would like to schedule a session with Training Wheels, you can learn more about our services if you click here.

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