Texas Floods 2015: Road Safety is Top Priority
For the second time in 2015, the entire state of Texas is getting severe weather that is flooding towns and even forcing evacuation in some places. At all costs it is best to just stay home until the storm passes, but unfortunately some people must drive through the storm. If you are caught in a severe rainstorm while on the road, follow these driving tips to avoid car accidents and remain safe.
First and foremost, do not attempt to drive at the speed limit in flash flood conditions. Your tires will have little, if any traction, and the faster you drive the more likely you will hydroplane. Driving slow will help you keep control of your car to avoid an automobile accident.
In order to avoid hydroplaning and rear-ending the car in front of you, keep a longer-than-usual distance from the cars ahead. This will allow for extra time to break and keep control of your car. There are likely to be several sudden stops on your trip due to other cars losing control or driving through water, so be prepared.
Although there may not be much visibility, you will benefit from looking ahead to see if there are any puddles or areas too flooded to drive through. The Texas driving motto during flooding is always, “Turn around. Don’t drown.” It is not worth it to test your luck in any case.
Ease Your Brakes
If you see brake lights ahead, think twice before slamming your brakes. Instead, let off the accelerator first and let your car naturally slow. If your speed is too high when applying the brakes, the tires may not catch traction causing you to hydroplane. If you give yourself enough space from the cars ahead you will have time to brake slowly and safely.
Driving in severe weather conditions is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. If you find yourself in a car accident due to high water levels and storms, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. Our attorneys will ensure that your damages are properly compensated.