A hurricane can turn a familiar road into an unfamiliar and dangerous one very quickly. Review the following diving safety tips to make sure you remain safe during inclement weather:
- Constantly scan for pedestrians who can quickly lose their footing.
- Do not drive through standing water. You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.
- Drive with car lights on and slow down.
- Know where you are going and give yourself ample time to get there.
- Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- Match your speed to road conditions. Cars can quickly become uncontrollable when driving on damaged, debris-choked roads.
- Not all damaged or destroyed road signs have been replaced; be prepared to yield to a pedestrian or another driver or to stop unexpectedly.
- Obey all “road closed” signs. Just because you can’t see road damage does not mean it is safe.
- Traffic patterns may be shifted in work zones; obey posted work zone speed limits at all times. Be aware of equipment and workers.
- Treat any intersection with non-working traffic signals as an “all-way” stop. Be prepared to stop at every intersection.
- Visibility may be limited. Increased traffic on congested roadways and large trucks can obstruct your line of sight.
If you have additional questions concerning driving safety following a natural disaster or emergency situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (203) 854-0238.