Tips for driving during a thunderstorm
It’s best to avoid driving in a thunderstorm if possible, especially in severe conditions. However, if you don’t have any other option, here are a few things you can do to navigate safely through heavy rain, lightning, strong winds and hail.
- Check the road conditions before getting behind the wheel so you can plan your route and determine if you need to make any detours.
- Keep your distance from power lines. If one falls on your vehicle, stay inside until help arrives. Furthermore, be aware that tree branches may break off in high winds and could fall in front of or on top of your vehicle.
- Avoid driving through standing water and flooded areas, as they may conduct electricity.
- Reduce your speed and ensure you have plenty of time to react to any unexpected road hazards. If heavy rain is pelting your windshield to the point where you can’t see, pull over to a safe location and wait until the storm subsides.
- Make sure your headlights and taillights are working before you get on the road and remember to turn them on so that other motorists can see your vehicle in the rain.
Sturdy windshield wipers and a good set of tires are essential to help you drive safely through thunderstorms. Visit your local Mister Muffler to make sure yours are in good condition.