Hurricane Driving Safety Tips for Central Louisiana
When driving in Hurricane weather conditions, here are a few helpful tips to
First- Have vehicles in good working order with
sufficient fuel, and adhere to advisories issued by local municipal, parish and
Stay Put- Avoid driving in heavy storms unless absolutely necessary. Often,
injuries and deaths occur during and in the aftermath of such storms.
Sightseers impeding roadways cause obstacles for emergency personnel responding
to those in need.
Slow Down- Decrease your vehicle speed during inclement weather to avoid
hydroplaning and to account for increased stopping time. Periods of heavy
rain may necessitate traveling at speeds below the posted speed limits.
Be cautious of high winds – Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles,
particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as
smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult,
especially when it is rapidly changing in speed and direction.
Pay attention – You may come up on an intersection that is no
longer controlled by a functioning traffic control device. If a law enforcement
officer is directing traffic, follow his directions. Otherwise, treat the
intersection as you would treat an intersection governed by a four-way stop
sign. Refrain from utilizing cell phones, or other devices, which further
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