When Lightning Strikes
If the weather starts to act up when you’re out on the road, you may be wondering whether it’s time to pull over or push through. Storms vary by intensity, presenting specific hazards that are tough to predict. Ideally, you always want to stay off the road in inclement weather, but if a storm pops up unexpectedly, there are a few basic rules you can keep in mind to stay safe and in control of your vehicle.
Driving During a Thunderstorm
The rumble of thunder and strikes of lightening may be the most alarming aspects of a thunderstorm, but they aren’t necessarily the most dangerous. High winds blowing debris and poor visibility with heavy rainfall are more likely to cause trouble for drivers. Cars are not immune to the possibility of getting hit by lightning; however, statistically, it’s unlikely. Furthermore, if your vehicle does get struck, the metal outer shell of your car will likely protect you from the electric shock. Nonetheless, lightning can cause severe mechanical damage to your vehicle.
No-Go Conditions for Driving in Storms
High winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and icy conditions are all best avoided while driving. Heavy hail can leave a dangerous crack in your windshield, not something you’d want to happen while traveling at high speeds. Always check the weather before you head out, but if you find yourself stuck in a storm, don’t panic. Put your flashers on and travel at a slow speed. Pull over in a safe area and give the storm time to pass. If you can, pull over at a nearby business, park your car and wait it out inside. It’s never a good idea to risk your safety by driving in a storm.
by Anastasia Climan – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing
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