As road users, we tend to take every precaution to ensure optimal safety levels. Unfortunately, there are some factors that we simply cannot control.
The weather is one aspect that we have no say over. While the climate in Massachusetts is favorable for much of the year, there are times when conditions take a turn for the worse. Storms and high winds present a number of unique hazards and you will have to adapt your driving style when on the roads under these circumstances. Here’s how to stay safe when driving in strong winds.
A firm grip of the wheel
Even at the best of times, you should have firm control of the steering wheel. Generally, this means gripping the wheel with both hands at roughly a 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position. Strong winds can catch you off guard, causing the steering wheel to jerk in one direction, which places you at serious risk of losing control and ending up in a collision.
Be wary of larger vehicles
If you feel like the weather is significantly impacting the control you have over your car, then drivers of larger vehicles will be feeling this even more so. Larger vehicles tend to have high sides and a different center of gravity. The jerks you are feeling in your vehicle will be accentuated in trucks, vans and commercial vehicles. One way that you can protect yourself is to ensure that you keep a safe distance. Therefore, if a larger vehicle loses control, you will have more time to respond appropriately and potentially avoid a crash.
If weather conditions are hazardous, it might be worth considering whether or not your journey is essential. If you have been caught up in a road traffic collision, be sure to check out the legal options at your disposal.