Driving is one of the most dangerous things you do on a frequent basis. Many factors can impact the hazards of the road, especially the weather. Though many people may know the various techniques for driving in the rain, most people are caught off guard when they have to deal with driving in strong winds. Windy weather can occur whether it’s bright or overcast outside.
Keep Both Hands on the Wheel
It can be difficult to control a car that is being blown about by the wind. Don’t try to drive with just one hand. Ensure that both hands are firmly gripping the wheel whenever you are driving in poor weather conditions.
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted when you are driving in particularly windy weather. Not only can the wind affect the trajectory of your vehicle, but it can also blow objects and debris into the road in front of you. Pay attention to where the other vehicles around you are, as well.
Avoid Driving Next to Semis
Semis are often the most affected vehicles on the road when it is windy outside. Their broader surface area gives the wind more hold. Make sure that you give them plenty of space when you are driving in windy conditions.
Weather can affect your reaction time. It can also unexpectedly limit visibility. Try to refrain from speeding if the weather conditions are bad. In fact, you may want to drive under the speed limit.
Park in an Open Area
Once you have safely arrived at your destination, try to park in an open area that is away from trees or power lines. The last thing you want is to come back out to a damaged vehicle.
Even if the road conditions are poor, insurance companies may consider a failure to follow these tips as “unreasonable” driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver, you should seek legal representation. To obtain superior counsel, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!