As we enter flooding and storm season, it’s important to know the best practices when dealing with water on the roads and driving in stormy conditions. Here are some important tips to remember:
Roads that look like they have only shallow flooding can be deceptive, and drivers should never drive into them. Even if it is shallow, your vehicle is at risk of hydroplaning, and you can lose control. According to Minnesota Department of Transportation, even one foot of water can float most cars and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. It’s always a safe bet to find another route if you come across flooded roads.
If it starts to hail while you are driving and you don’t feel safe continuing, pull over to a safe place. The best option would be trying to find an overpass or a gas station where you can shelter you and your car from the elements. Turn on your hazards so that other cars can see you and wait until the hail has passed.
When rain turns into a downpour that makes it hard to see out your window, it’s best to pull over and wait it out. Make sure you turn on your hazards for any other cars on the road. If you’re on a highway and have the option, pull off at an exit to avoid fast moving traffic. If you’re not able to find an exit, pull off to the right as far as you can.
A powerful storm that has strong winds can also be a hazard when driving. Make sure you keep both hands on the wheel, so you’ll be prepared for a gust when it comes. Try to drive below the speed limit to ensure you stay in control. Do your best to be aware of your surroundings and any flying debris that could come your way or block a road. When driving past larger trucks or semis, be cautious of a gust causing them to lose control or, in the worst-case scenario, even start to tip over.
Be safe and vigilant when driving on the roads this spring and summer. If your car is damaged by storms or in an accident, Superior Collision Center can repair any autobody damage and get you back on the road.