The Texas Hill Country is no stranger to bad weather this year after experiencing
extreme floods and record amounts of rain in the Spring. Could it be that
after three months of no rain we have retreated back to drought conditions?
It’s very true, and very sad. As we enter another rainy season this
Fall, it is important to revisit the dangers of severe weather and how
we should act accordingly. Below are a few quick tips to help you drive
safe in the rain.
- Keep your distance from cars in front of you. Watch for brake lights and
give yourself extra distance than you would in dry conditions to avoid
hydroplaning into another vehicle.
- Avoid using your brakes. Instead, release the accelerator to slow down
in order to avoid hydroplaning.
- Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you to increase traction.
- Turn your headlights on to increase your visibility and help other drivers see you.
- Remember: “Turn around. Don’t drown.”A famous term used
in Texas this Spring encouraged drivers to avoid flooded areas, or any
area that looks deeper than usual. Your safety is more important than
making it to your destination.
- Drive slow. Chance of hydroplaning and wrecks increase with speed. Going
under the speed limit is not the end of the world, and it could save your life.
- Avoid driving behind large trucks and 18-wheelers. During a storm, the
rain spins off the tires in large sheets of mist that completely block
vision. Trucks also produce an extra amount of wind that can easily push
- Stay on the highways. Back roads are great for short-cuts, but in extreme
weather they are the first to flood, with many low spots.
Being sufficiently prepared for the rainy season may also require you to
check your tire tread to avoid hydroplaning and change your windshield
wiper blades for optimum use. If you or someone you know has recently
been involved in a car accident in the
New Braunfels and
contact Kyle Law Firm for a free consultation.