Anyone with driving experience has learned the hard way that conditions are not always favorable on the road. So, to be the best prepared for any situation that may arise, read on and commit these tips to memory in today’s blog from CoachWest.
If you live in a climate where wildfires are common, you may be asked to evacuate. If this happens, please evacuate safely. Maintain a level head during evacuation. If you are driving through thick smoke, roll up the windows and close the vents. Fire smoke can enter the car and irritate the eyes, causing breathing problems. Also, be sure to turn on the headlights and do not lock the doors. Just in case something were to happen while you’re driving, rescuers can get to you more quickly with unlocked doors.
On the opposite side of the country, you may encounter flash flooding or quickly rising waters. If you do meet floods or moving water on the road, stay calm. Try to drive down the center as much as is permitted by oncoming traffic. If the road is busy, take turns using the center. Try to gauge how much water is flowing across the road, as it only takes 6 inches to sweep an entire car off of the road. Shift your car to low gear and make your way forward slowly. Maintain a firm grip on the wheel and try not to make any sudden moves, including acceleration.
If the flooding hasn’t happened yet, but you find yourself amid a heavy rainstorm, additional tips are to follow. First, turn on your headlights. Not only does this allow you to see better on the road, but it allows other drivers to see you and prevents a head-on collision. Consider driving below the speed limit if your visibility is limited. While you should always leave room between you and other cars, double is when conditions aren’t favorable. This will leave room for error for you and the other drivers. Finally, if the rain doesn’t let up and you aren’t comfortable with your visibility, then feel free to pull over and wait for the rain to let up. Put your hazards on and find a place out of the way of traffic.
While storms and weather conditions are unpredictable, you can prepare yourself. Stock your vehicle with bottled water, a fully charged cell phone, and blankets. The more you prepare for the worst, the more favorable your outcomes will be.
Executive Fleet Tips by CoachWest
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