Driving in a thunderstorm

June 25th, 2012 by

We haven’t had much rain, but as we all know, thunderstorms can pop up pretty quickly during the summer months. So, what should you do if you happen to be on the road when buckets of rain begin to fall?

  • Turn on the radio and listen for weather updates.
  • Drive slowly, and allow extra space between you and other vehicles on the road. (Slick roads can make it difficult to stop on a dime.)
  • Use your low-beam headlights so other cars can spot you.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. It is extremely difficult to gauge the depth of water, and it’s always better to play it safe!
  • If it is still too difficult to see the roadway, consider pulling over. If there’s a nearby building that you can reach safely, park and go inside.
  • If there is no nearby shelter, pull over. Make sure that you aren’t too close to trees that could fall on your vehicle. Turn on your emergency flashers, and stay inside your vehicle.
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