Car crashes and spring storms: Minimize your risk

| Apr 24, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Spring has some unusual weather conditions and that can make it hard to drive safely. Wisconsin sometimes sees significant thunderstorms, snowstorms, hail and other conditions that could affect drivers.

With storms and showers hitting hard over the next week or so, it’s important to think about what you can do to prevent a crash. There are some excellent tips to help you avoid a collision, even when the weather is poor.

What are some things you can do to minimize the risk of injury while driving during a storm?

When you’re driving during a storm and conditions get bad, one of the first things to do is to turn on your hazard lights. This allows others around you to know that you may be traveling slowly or that they need to proceed with caution.

After this, remember to slow down and to be looking for a place to pull over safely. Many people opt to get off highways at the next major exit and to park at gas stations or to pull far off the roadway. Whatever you do should get your vehicle out of the main roadway. Leave your hazard lights on unless you’re safe in a parking lot.

Finally, remember to avoid touching anything metal inside your vehicle. During the worst storms, touching metal could be dangerous if lightning strikes your vehicle. Do your best to shelter in your vehicle or to go inside a restaurant, shop or other property if you have access to one after you pull over.

Taking these steps will make you safer when a storm hits. If a driver does hit you while traveling too quickly for the conditions, stay where you are until help arrives.