Rough weather driving cannot be categorized into just one category of tips. Just as there are specific precautions for driving through a tornado, so is there for flooding. However, the very basic tenet for all rough weather driving is to heighten your alertness and slow down. Slowing down combined with heightened awareness ensures that you will have more time to be able to react to obstacles and unanticipated road conditions. Also take advantage of today's technologies by having a fully charged cellphone on hand to use in an emergency. If you get caught out, it makes sense to give someone a call to update them on when and where you are expected. In case you go missing, there is at least a starting point Autel MaxiPRO MP808TS. For those taking long trips, a personal locator beacon adds an extra level of safety and peace of mind. The radio is an indispensable source of information too as you cannot rely on a reliable internet connection in bad weather. AM signals travel much farther.


Because our hemisphere is currently blanketed in snow, it make sense to be aware of some things that can improve your safety in winter conditions. A good winter travel kit should contain a cell phone, an ice scraper and brush, a tow rope, cat litter (for use as a traction aid), blankets, a good flashlight, , matches, a can of lock de-icer (using water will only refreeze the lock after a time). Check your tires' pressure regularly as cold weather tends to reduce tire pressure launch x431 v+. Also check your wipers before the winter season to see if they are up to the task. While driving, don't put a death grip on the controls and if the worst happens, know what to do when your car skids. Braking hard will only exacerbate the situation. Instead, steer into the skid to straighten out the car.


Following are some condition-specific tips for other rough weather conditions. It goes without saying that in severe weather, one should not drive unless really necessary.


For Hailstorms, Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning


1. Tune your radio to a news channel to be informed of approaching storms.


2. Turn on your headlights.


3. Allow extra distance for braking.


4. Park on the shoulder of the road away from any trees.


5. Stay in the car and turn on the hazard lights until the weather disturbance subsides. An automobile provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.


6. Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your car or outside. Avoid flooded roadways and downed power lines.


7. Approach intersections with caution and treat traffic lights at intersections as stop signs.


8. Look for cover like a garage, parking building or shelter to minimize hail damage. In case of glass damage, carefully remove any glass from the vehicle, and cover the open windows to prevent additional water damage to the car's interior.


In case of a tornado, do not drive. Never try to out-drive a tornado. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can toss a car through the air. Get out of your vehicle and seek shelter in a building. If you cannot get indoors or find a shelter in time, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area. Be aware of the potential for flooding.


Above all, keep your wits about you in case you get caught in an emergency. Decisions made in a panic oftentimes make the situation worse.

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