Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, but storms remain a common occurrence in South Florida. In fact, thousands of people die every year in vehicle crashes because of storms, and Florida is notorious for its hazardous traffic conditions when they happen. We would like to remind you of some tips to keep in mind if you ever find yourself driving during a major storm.
For starters, leave with sufficient time. Drivers that are looking to evacuate as quickly as possible are one of the primary reasons why driving conditions become so dangerous. Remember that with today’s modern storm tracking technology, there is at least a 24-hour window to evacuate some place safe, which should be more than enough time.
Disabled traffic lights are not unusual after or during a storm and many drivers still fail to navigate through them properly. According to state law, these lights must be treated as a four-way stop. If you’re the first driver to arrive at the intersection you have the right of way. If you arrive at the same time as someone else, the driver to your right has the right of way.
And remember: it is illegal to drive with your hazard/emergency lights on, even during a storm. Unless your vehicle is stopped or you’re part of a funeral procession, keep them off.
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