Thunderstorms can be frightening at the best of times, let alone when you’re trying to navigate windy country roads at night in a desperate bid to avoid being injured in road traffic accidents.
Driving in thunderstorms can be dangerous, especially in cases where thunder and lightning is accompanied by torrential downpours. Here are five safety tips to help you stay safe and avoid collisions on the road:
- Check the weather forecast: If the weather has been unpredictable and you’ve heard mutterings of storms on the way, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you set off on a journey. If torrential rain and thunderstorms are expected and driving conditions will be poor, consider leaving your journey until the storm has passed.
- Find a safe place to stop: Take a break from the road if rain is very heavy or it is hailing and you cannot see properly, or the road surface is slippery; steer clear of trees and power lines, as they can be struck by lightning.
- Pay attention to the speed limit: When there’s a storm brewing outside, it can be tempting to try and get to your destination as quickly as possible, but speeding up is probably one of the worst things you can do. Pay attention to the speed limits, increase your stopping distance and consider slowing down if visibility is reduced to prevent road accidents.
- Make sure your lights are on: If you can’t see around you, the chances are that other vehicles will struggle to see you, so make sure you have your lights on.
- Hold the wheel with both hands at all times: When storms hit and there are heavy downpours, there is a real risk of aquaplaning and skidding, so keep both hands on the wheel for maximum control and stability. If you do feel like the car is starting to skid, steer gently into the direction of the skid.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice