Hurricane Driving Safety Tips for Central Louisiana - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Hurricane Driving Safety Tips for Central Louisiana

When driving in Hurricane weather conditions, here are a few helpful tips to remember:

First-  Have vehicles in good working order with sufficient fuel, and adhere to advisories issued by local municipal, parish and state officials.  

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 distract drivers.


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