No one wants to drive in bad weather. But unfortunately, it happens. In Georgia, we’re known for a crazy storm or two. Sometimes we even are subject to icy conditions that can leave the roads dangerous. But the reality is no matter where you’re driving, there’s always a chance you’ll run into some sort of severe weather.
While no one wants it to happen, being prepared for it can help you get through those severe storms that seem to creep up on you when you’re stuck in traffic or on your way home from work.
We’ve put together a list of tips for driving in severe weather. Whether you’re renting a car, or you’re making a long trip across the country, it’s better to be over-prepared for bad weather than not prepared at all!
Here are ways you can stay ahead of the storm.
Always look at the forecast and radar to see if there are any storms predicted in the area you’re driving. If there are, considering postponing until the weather clears up. But if there is absolutely no way you can postpone, take necessary precautions depending on the type of storm that’s coming.
Make sure you’ve got all working headlights and taillights on your car. Also, that your windshield wipers are in good condition and can handle heavy rain. You can also clean your headlights for clearer visibility.
Keep an emergency kit in your car in case you run into any unexpected circumstances. A good flashlight. Jumper cables. An ice scraper. Blankets. These are just a few things to consider in an emergency kit for your car.
It’s not a race.
Even if you have to get somewhere very quickly, driving too fast in severe weather is a recipe for disaster. Whether it’s ice or heavy rain, take your time. It’s better to get to a destination in one piece than fast. It’s recommended that you reduce your speed by one-third on wet roads. Stay in the right lane, and don’t worry about the time. Just focus on getting there, however long it takes.
Know your car and trust your instincts.
If you’re renting a car and see that there’s a bad forecast ahead, do some research on the car. Drive it a little bit before the storm hits to get a feel for the car and get comfortable driving it.
You can see how certain vehicles perform in bad weather by just doing some simple research. It’s probably best to leave a jeep without a hardcover in the garage when you’re driving through extreme weather. But you can be sure to understand how certain vehicles react in certain situations.
No one wants to prepare for driving in severe weather. The safest option is to always wait out the storm. But if you can’t, being prepared, knowing your instincts, and taking your time are three ways in which you can be a little bit safer driving in extreme weather situations.