Know what to do when the torrential rains begin flooding the roads you’re driving
Torrential downpours are common in May and you want to be sure you remain safe. Here are seven helpful tips to keep you safe while driving in the rain:
Tip #1 – Give yourself more time to travel when it’s raining.
Tip #2 – Keep a safe following distance between your car and the cars in front of you.
Tip #3 – Obey the speed limit. Drive under the speed limit as needed. Fast driving during rainstorms is dangerous because the roads are slick.
Tip #4 – Turn your headlights from the auto mode to “On” position. Many times the daylight during a torrential rain will keep the lights off.
Tip #5 – If you are stuck in a torrential downpour and you cannot see much past the front of your vehicle. Turn on your emergency flashers. The flashing amber lights glow and can be seen better than just the red parking lights.
Tip #6 – Read the Signs. Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the road through it. Do not drive around barricades or you might find yourself trapped on a washed out road or bridge.
Tip #7 -Scared of being trapped in your vehicle? Doors and windows will not open? Use your driver seat headrest! Remove it and you will see the steel prongs. They are designed to punch out the door glass.