September 18th, 2012 by admin
Severe thunderstorms, pockets of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds are expected in our area over the next few hours. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph are possible, which could cause tree and power line damage. Wind advisories are posted for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. All in all, it’s going to be a bad weather day in the East.
Safe Driving Tips
- In bad weather, consider whether every journey is necessary; the best way to stay safe in bad weather is to stay off the roads and use alternative means of travel such as walking, bus, or train.
- Check both local and national forecasts and traffic news.
- Consider your route. For example, some roads are more susceptible to flooding than others.
- Check your tires.
- Check lights and wipers to ensure they are working fully.
- Check your emergency kit – ensure your vehicle is properly stocked. It should contain cloths, warning triangle, flashlight, blanket, food and drink, a first-aid kit and a map.
Keep These Facts In Mind
- Flash floods can come quickly and unexpectedly.
- Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
- Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
- Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
- If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
Stay safe & dry,