Driving in a storm is never easy, no matter how many severe weather systems you experience in your lifetime. New Jersey is prone to heavy rain, flash floods and strong gusts of wind. As a New Jersey motorist, it is crucial for you to brush up on some thunderstorm safety tips to avoid an accident.
Even if other drivers are careless or negligent, you can have peace of mind that you are responsible and safe. Here are some essential guidelines for driving during a thunderstorm.
1. Be wary of large vehicles
Bigger and heavier vehicles, such as semi trucks and buses, are more susceptible to wind. The last thing you want to hit you is a vehicle that can do catastrophic damage. Drivers of trucks and buses may have a harder time staying within their lanes, so be alert and stay away from big commercial vehicles.
2. Go slower
Driving at a slower pace is the best way to avoid hydroplaning. Driving more slowly will also help you stop faster if necessary. Take it steady during storms. Plan ahead and leave a few minutes earlier.
3. Take a break
Every second you drive in severe weather is another chance for you to be in a collision. Do not hesitate to pull over and wait out the worst of the storm or stay home if you have not left yet.
4. Watch out for speeders
Some people in New Jersey think the rain does not affect them. Some drivers will be speeding excessively even during dangerous weather.
5. Keep your glass clear
Inclement weather may cause your windshield, windows and mirrors to fog up. If this happens, you will not be able to see clearly and anticipate the moves of other drivers. Use your air conditioner or defroster to make sure you can see properly.
It can be scary and challenging to navigate the roads during a storm, but this advice will help reduce your chances of an accident.