How to Drive Safely During A Storm

How to Drive Safely During A Storm


As North Georgia prepares for a tempestuous Friday, with forecasts predicting strong winds, heavy rains, and potential tornadoes, the roads beckon with danger. AAA dvises against travel during this storm, and reminds drivers of a startling statistic from the Federal Highway Administration: 75% of weather-related vehicle crashes happen on wet pavement, and 47% occur during rainfall.

However, it is a fact of life that some Georgians are going to find themselves behind the wheel during heavy storms, so the auto group has offered these tips.

Whether you’re a veteran behind the wheel or a newbie, rainy winter conditions demand a refresher in safe driving practices. AAA emphasizes the need for extra caution for all drivers, especially the young and elderly, in these treacherous conditions.

Essential Tips for When Driving is Unavoidable:

  1. Stay Informed: Before leaving, check local traffic and weather updates.
  2. Fuel Up: Ensure your tank is full.
  3. Windshield Wipers: Keep them in top condition to combat the winter’s harsh effects.
  4. Buckle Up: Safety first, always.
  5. Check Your Tires: Proper inflation and tread depth are crucial for traction and maneuverability.
  6. Reduce Speed and Maintain Distance: To prevent hydroplaning and ensure adequate stopping distance.
  7. Be Prepared: Carry a cell phone, charger, and your AAA Membership Card.
  8. Visibility Matters: Use headlights for better visibility and avoid high beams.
  9. Avoid Hazardous Conditions: Steer clear of standing water and flooded roads.
  10. In Case of Stalling: Leave your car immediately if it stalls in a flood.
  11. Beware of Icy Surfaces: Especially on bridges and intersections.
  12. Skid Recovery: Steer in the direction you want to go.
  13. Road Closure Respect: Remember, this includes tow trucks.
  14. Stay with Your Vehicle: If stranded, keep the exhaust pipe clear.
  15. Traffic Signal Blackout Protocol: Treat as a four-way stop.

Safety Tips for Driving in Strong Winds:

  • Firm Grip: Especially in lighter and boxier vehicles.
  • Anticipate Gusts: Especially in wind-prone areas.
  • Debris Alert: Keep an eye out for road hazards.

In the face of impending severe weather, the call to action for Georgia’s motorists is clear: prioritize safety. If driving is unavoidable, adhere to these guidelines diligently. Remember, in the storm’s eye, your decisions behind the wheel could be lifesaving.

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