How to Drive Safely in a Monsoon
The summer months through early fall is Arizona’s monsoon season. This time of year brings increased humidity, excessive heat, heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms, and even hail.
The best thing that you can do during such a storm is to stay off the roads. Stay ahead of the weather by keeping up-to-date with the latest forecast. Despite taking precautions, you may still find yourself on the road when a monsoon strikes. Knowing what to do if this should happen to you can be extremely important, and may even save your life.
Here are things to keep in mind should you get stuck in a monsoon while on the road:
Keep Your Car Stocked with Emergency Items
Regardless of weather, it’s always a good idea to keep your vehicle stocked with emergency items such as bottled water, a first aid kit, and a phone charger.
Pull Over if You Can’t See
When visibility is minimal, be sure to pull your car over to the side of the road as far to the right as possible. In order to ensure that other drivers don’t think that your vehicle is the right one to follow, set your parking brake, take your foot off of the brake, and turn off your lights.
Don’t Attempt to Cross a Flooded Path/Road
Regardless of how shallow the water on a roadway may appear, you should always avoid crossing. This is because even a small amount of water (even as little as a few inches) can greatly increase your risk of accident and injury.
Avoid Braking Suddenly
As with any type of inclement weather, it’s extremely important that you avoid braking suddenly. Instead, remove your foot from the gas pedal and push the brake slowly. If you slam your foot down on the brake, your vehicle can slide across the wet road.
Know What to do if You Hydroplane
If your tires have lost traction with the road, you will hydroplane. Should you find yourself in this situation, slowly ease your foot off the gas pedal until you feel normal contact with the road once again. If you find that your vehicle begins to slide in one direction, slowly turn your steering wheel in the same direction.
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