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After an Emergency (Recover)
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.
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