Although March started off with roaring winds instead of showers, we can be sure that wet weather is inevitable this spring. Driving in severe conditions that involve both wind and rain can increase your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Cautiously navigating these conditions will not only keep you and your passengers safe from accidents, it can also save you money on your car insurance premiums.
To stay focused on the task at hand drivers should always reduce possible distractions when operating a motor vehicle.
Tips for driving in rainy conditions…
- Be visible to all drivers by turning your headlights on. Some states require it even in the daytime.
- Slow down and take your time to reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning.
- Beware: It is most slick at the onset of rain as it mixes with any oils already on the road.
- Allow space and increase your following distance between you and and the car in front of you.
Tips for driving in heavy winds…
- Slow down to allow yourself time to react to hazards such as trees and branches that may blow into your path.
- Give larger vehicles plenty of space. They typically have a more difficult time maintaining control in severe weather.
- Keep a firm grip on the wheel. Wind gusts can occur out of nowhere.
Before you go…
In some cases, and depending on the severity of the storm, it may be best to wait it out and hold off on driving until the weather passes.
Make sure you are covered…Roadway Insurance reminds you to never drive without insurance– it’s against the law. Maryland requires all drivers to maintain a certain level of insurance, and the agents at Roadway are there to help you meet those requirements within a budget you can afford. Contact our insurance specialists for personalized advice based on your driving record, car age and other factors that may influence your premium.