If you’re a California resident, you know that you’re lucky to live in such a beautiful state. We are known for our sunny skies and pretty sights, but just like any other beautiful destination, we also experience inclement weather conditions. With bad weather comes an increase in vehicle accidents. Our San Luis Obispo auto accident lawyers know how scary it can be if you’re caught in a wildfire or flood while driving, so we would like to offer some helpful tips to help keep you safe:
For Driving Through a Wildfire
California residents are aware of the danger of wildfires, especially as a result of our recent changes in climate. Because of this, you might have to drive through or next to a wildfire, so it’s important to know how to navigate your vehicle through this safely. First, roll up your windows and turn off your air vents; inhaling any wildfire smoke can be damaging to your eyes and lungs. Next, turn on your headlights to increase visibility, especially if you’re surrounded by smoke. Low visibility is expected, so drive slowly to avoid a collision. If there’s fire approaching, turn around and drive your vehicle away if you can, or park behind a solid structure and keep low in your car. You could also exit your vehicle and run, although be warned: this can expose you to smoke inhalation injuries and wildfires can move very quickly.
For Driving Through a Flood or Heavy Rains
In early January of 2018, San Luis Obispo County experienced heavy rains and flooding that closed highways and local roads for a few days. With California’s rapid changes in climate, it’s crucial that residents remain vigilant and smart when they are caught in heavy rains. First, slow your vehicle down; the road will probably be slick and slippery, which will make it more difficult to brake properly. Next, increase the driving distance between your car and cars surrounding you. This will prevent any rear-end crashes and will allow for sudden stops. Turn on your headlights, keep your windshield wipers on, and approach busy intersections with caution.
If you and your family follow these tips, you will have a better chance of avoiding a car collision on dangerous road conditions due to bad weather. If you ever are injured in an auto accident, don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys for a free consultation.