With the recent storms tearing through Indiana, communities like Fort Wayne have a long road to recovery ahead of them. While the total still isn’t known, winds that reached up to 90 mph may have caused nearly $12 million in damage to Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. Nearly 5 to 10 percent of the trees in the city were damaged and 78,000 people were left without power.
The state will more than likely continue to see severe weather throughout the hot summer. The storms can roll in quickly, and if you’re traveling in a vehicle when they do, it can be an even more terrifying situation. So what’s the best way to avoid an Indiana car wreck while traveling in bad weather?
Heavy rain always makes driving different and can easily lead to a car accident. Just a foot of rain water can float some vehicles and even two feet of rushing water can carry off heavier SUVs and pickup trucks. If you do drive through water, tap your brakes gently to dry off some of the moisture from your rotors. You may also need to follow the rainy tracks of cars in front of you if you have limited visibility, and try to avoid staying behind large trucks and buses since spray can obscure your vision.
Any time you do have to apply your brakes in the rain, always apply them early and with little force to help increase stopping distance and let the drivers behind you know you’re slowing. If you hit a patch of water and start to hydroplane, don’t slam on the brakes or turn the wheel, or you risk skidding and losing control. To avoid a car accident, release the gas pedal slowly and stay straight until the car regains traction and if you do have to use the brake, just tap it.
If they weather is much more severe, staying on the road at all might not be the best idea. But contrary to what most think, parking under an overpass is actually more dangerous as they’re depressed areas and more prone to flooding.
According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, if there’s a lot of lightning, stay in your car, turn off the ignition, keep your hands in your lap, and never lean on the car door.
With tornados, attempting to outrun the storm can easily lead to a fatal car accident. The National Weather Service and American Red Cross suggest staying in the car with the seat belt on and covering yourself with a blanket if possible. But if you can get to a lower area than the roadway, leave your car, and cover your head with your hands.
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Source. MSNBC.com, ‘http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/24/6934059-driving-in-a-bad-storm-you-might-be-doing-the-wrong-thing?lite,’ June 24, 2011.
Source. Indiana News Center, ‘http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Diagnosing-Power-Lines-and-Trees-after-a-Storm-161963605.html,’ Max Resnik, July 10, 2012.