Driving in strong winds is no easy task, as one gust can knock your vehicle off its intended path, increasing the risk of an accident.
If you find yourself on the road in a windstorm, here are some tips you can follow to enhance your safety:
- Keep both hands on the wheel: You know wind gusts are coming, but you don’t know when. By keeping both hands on the wheel, you do your part in maintaining control of your vehicle.
- Slow down: The faster you’re driving, the more likely it is for a gust to cause an accident. Even if it means driving below the speed limit, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Watch for larger vehicles: All vehicles are at risk when driving in a windstorm, but this is particularly true of those with a high profile. This includes commercial trucks, buses and recreational vehicles. Keep a safe distance from high profile vehicles.
- Watch for debris: Strong wind is likely to blow debris into the road. From branches to trash cans, you never know what you’ll come across.
If all these tips fail you, move to safety and wait out the storm. It’s better to do this than to drive in conditions that make you uncomfortable.
As you’re following these safety tips, other drivers may zoom past you without thinking twice about what they’re doing. If one of these aggressive drivers causes an accident, assess your injuries, call for help and take the necessary steps in obtaining medical care. From there, you can file an insurance claim on your way to seeking compensation for your damages.