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Staying safe on the road during high winds

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2023 | car accidents

As we approach winter, the weather has started to change. High winds have already impacted certain areas across Indiana, and this is a real possibility for the rest of the year.

People still have to get to work, pick up the kids from school and carry out daily tasks, which often involves driving. How can you stay safe on the roads during high winds?

Keep both hands on the wheel

You should always have both hands on the steering wheel. Nonetheless, it’s important to keep an even tighter grip during high winds. It only takes a sudden gust of wind to catch your car and knock you into another lane. You’ll need both hands on the wheel to make corrections.

Regulate your speed

Speed limits tend not to take extreme weather into account. During high winds, you may need to reduce your speed. It’s much easier to handle your vehicle and respond to potential hazards at lower speeds.

Plan your trips carefully

If your trip is not essential, it may be better for you to postpone it to a time when the winds have calmed down. If it’s necessary for you to travel, then preparation is key. Could you take a slightly longer route that means you avoid the highway and potential hazards? Have you packed provisions in case you have to stop until the weather settles down?

Driving in high winds can be dangerous, and you can only control your own actions. If someone else has been negligent and caused a collision, then you may be able to hold them to account for any injuries. Seek legal guidance to find out more about getting compensation for your medical bills and other expenses and damages.