June 13, 2018
Driving in Heavy Rains and Floods
Dangerous road conditions can result from wet road conditions. If roads are wet, it can take twice as long for your car to stop. This causes an increase of incidents due to drivers not leaving enough room between themselves and the car in front of them. Wet roads can also cause hydroplaning which is when water separates the tires from the road. The acceleration will only be applied when the tires contact the road again, which can cause a sudden jump forward. Flooded roadways can pose a number of hazards. An average car can be stopped or moved by only 30 cm of water. Flooding can cause damage to your engine and brakes if the water level is high enough.
Best Practices for Severe Weather Driving
- Whenever possible, do not drive in severe weather conditions
- Drive slow and leave more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you
- Do not brake, accelerate, or turn the wheel when hydroplaning
- Allow the vehicle to grip the road before making any maneuvers
- Do not drive through flooded roads 30 cm or higher or if the depth is unknown
- Do not drive through fast currents
- If driving through flooded roads, drive slow in a low gear at a steady speed
- Check brakes after driving through a flooded road to ensure they are operational
Driving in High Winds
Even though high winds normally affect high-sided vehicles, wind can cause vehicles to be blown off course. Wind can also cause materials to leave the vehicle. Ensure all materials are secured and that all vehicle operators take special care to ensure they do not get pushed off the road. Lastly, always take every precaution when driving in severe weather conditions. Better to arrive safe and slowly than not at all.