Springtime is known for its gorgeous weather. The dreariness of winter finally gives way to the abundant sunshine and the road beckons you. Early spring can be a time of turbulent weather, featuring strong storms with heavy rain and high winds. Don’t let yourself be caught off guard. Head out on a spring driving excursion well prepared for anything.
- Wind gusts: When a furious gust of wind whips through, don’t panic. Keep a firm grip on your wheel to help steer as the car can move or shift direction. This is especially important when traveling on an overpass, in tunnels, or on roads that cut through mountains. If your car is tall or you’re towing a trailer, keep in mind you may be even more susceptible to wind gusts.
- Heavy rain: Remember that visibility is lower when it’s raining, so be sure to slow down, leave a minimum of three seconds of distance between you and the car in front of you, and avoid hard breaking. Keep in mind the road may be especially slick right after the rain starts due to accumulated oils that you may not be able to see.
- Other drivers: While it’s impossible to control what other drivers around you will do, you must pay attention to their actions. Avoid drivers who are speeding, ducking in and out of cars on the highway, making abrupt lane changes, or otherwise driving in an unsafe manner. Again, keeping a safe following distance is crucial because if an accident occurs in front of you, you’ll need the extra time to stop or get out of the way.
- Time: If you can, wait out the storm. It may not be possible to avoid driving in bad weather completely, but fewer cars on the road means fewer accidents. Save your non-urgent driving for when the sun comes back out.
Arriving to your destination safely should always be top priority. Knowing how to drive in wind and rain can help you achieve this goal!
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