Hurricane season is upon us. We have just heard that Louisiana was hit by Category 4 Hurricane Ida. When hurricanes hit land, they can be deadly. So, we should all be prepared. As it relates to traveling on our roads, there are some things that you can do now which will keep you and your family safe.
First, realize that you may need your automobile to either evacuate or move away from your home if a hurricane strikes. As such, do not wait to ensure that you vehicle is safe. Check your tires, make certain that you have good treads and your tires re not bald. Having tires that are new or that have good treads will prevent you and your family from hydroplaning, it will allow you to stop faster and will overall keep you safe.
Lights on your car are very important. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles does not recommend that you have your high beams or bright lights on while driving in rain. However, Florida law requires that you have your headlights on while it rains. The reason for this law is to prevent motor vehicle crashes when it rains. As such, take your vehicle in to be serviced making certain that the headlights, running lights, brake lights and taillights are all working properly. This will prevent accidents.
While windshield wipers are often overlooked, they are extremely important to your safety. When rain is hitting your windshield in a significant downpour, having effective wipers will increase your ability to identify hazards. Florida sun and salt water are extremely hard on rubber windshield wipers. As such, they wear out fast. Get them changed at your next maintenance appointment.
Make sure your car is prepared for an emergency. Having a tire changing kit, including a jack, spare tire and lug wrench are necessary to keep you from being stranded in a bad place should you have to evacuate. Along these lines, make sure your car battery is strong and able to hold a charge. If it’s old, replace it. Also, keeping jumper cables in your vehicle are important. You will want to make sure your vehicle has everything in it that it needs to keep driving in the event you need to evacuate.
Finally, keep a full tank of gas, but do not store gasoline cans in your vehicle. Many people rush to the gas pump during a hurricane warning thus causing scarcity of gas. As such, some people prepare for hurricanes by filling up red gas cans for emergency use. This is not a bad practice. However, if you have safety approved red gas containers, it is a good idea to fill them up and store them in your garage. Storing filled gas cans in a closed vehicle for long road trips is a bad idea and could lead to serious injury or death, particularly in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, we hope that no hurricanes hit our wonderful communities. However, we urge everyone to be prepared and to be safe. If you, a loved one, a family member or a friend are injured due to the fault or negligence of a third party or company, please call us, and our attorneys can help you and your family.