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How to Drive in Inclement Weather
Have you ever been on the road and it’s started to rain? Not just trickling down from the sky, but huge drops, temporarily blinding you, and gusts of wind enough to shake the car?
We’ve been there and we understand that kind of weather is extremely difficult to drive in. Not only are the first 15 minutes of a rainstorm the most dangerous due to the paste on the road formed by dust and fresh rain, but sudden rain storms can often turn violent, especially in the Midwest. Large hail and even tornadoes can occur out of nowhere.
To help you learn more about how to maneuver your car in torrential rain and squalls of bad weather, we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts. They can help you learn more about how to drive when the atmosphere is not cooperating, or even save your life someday.
Speed Up. Although it may be tempting to try to get to your destination as soon as possible to avoid worse weather, don’t go faster. It is harder to control your vehicle at higher speeds in inclement weather.
Use Cruise Control. Cruise control does not allow you to take your foot off the gas pedal and automatically slow down. This is critical to responding quickly to avoid a wet weather driving mishap.
Tornadoes- Don’t stop under an overpass, as this can actually accelerate the tornado’s wind speed, and is more perilous than being in the open.
Hail- Leave the road entirely if you can and stay inside the vehicle, as hail can hurt you as well as your car.
If you start to slide- Keep gazing and steering where you want the car to go. Don’t slam on the brakes. Gently guide your vehicle to where you want it to go.
You are hopefully now a weather driving expert! If you have more questions about driving conditions you can always look at the NWS radar map. Questions about how to prepare your car for the tornado season we’d be happy to answer at Bill Walsh Honda!