The spring season in New Jersey has the potential to bring rainstorms and heavy winds to the area. If you’re caught in inclement weather while driving, it’s critical to change your approach to the road as to enhance your safety.
One thing you should never forget is that there’s nothing wrong with pulling over should you be uncomfortable driving in bad weather. Even if it means waiting a few hours, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re driving in heavy winds, here are some tips to help keep you safe:
- Keep a firm grasp on the steering wheel: If a gust hits your vehicle, you’ll be glad that you have both hands firmly placed on the wheel. This isn’t a time to drive with one hand or keep a loose grip.
- Slow down: The faster you’re moving, the greater chance there is of losing control when the wind picks up. There’s nothing wrong with driving below the speed limit.
- Watch for high profile vehicles: For example, buses, RVs and commercial trucks all fit into this category. Due to their height, they’re more likely to tip in heavy winds.
- Watch for debris: Heavy wind has the potential to blow debris, such as trash cans, onto the roadway. By driving slowly, it’s easier to avoid debris without causing a crash.
One of the primary concerns when driving in inclement weather is other drivers. For example, if a trucker doesn’t slow down, they could tip over and cause a multi-car pileup.
If you’re injured in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, you should seek medical care and then take steps to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages.