Hurricane Car Safety Tips

Don't drive in a Hurricane 
But if you have no choice here are some tips. 

Hurricane season is upon us! If you're a Floridian, then you've probably had your fair share of storm experiences. However, you can never be overly prepared for a storm! That's why our team at Braman Motorcars in West Palm Beach constantly shares preparedness tips for safe driving and what to do in case of a car accident. Now we want to share some safety tips on what to do once a hurricane hits the Palm Beaches, Martin County and all of South Florida. 

If you are stuck in your car when the hurricane hits. 

1. Stay in your car and try to find shelter - an overpass or parking garage - if you can. 
2. When possible, avoid driving through water, which can hide dangers, damage your engine, or even carry your vehicle away. 
3. Watch out for wires that have been knocked down in the storm. You could get stuck driving through them, and worse, they could make rescue impossible. 

Be aware of your surroundings. 

When you're on the road during a storm, it's essential to remain aware of what's around you. Because of their increased surface area, larger vehicles, trailers, big trucks, and buses are actually more vulnerable when driving in high winds. Keep your eyes out for big vehicles and maintain more of a distance than you normally would. 

Be a hurricane driving pro. 

As you head away from the storm, it may be tempting to set the cruise control and go. Don't. Cruise control can cause your vehicle to accelerate during a hydroplane, making a bad situation worse in just seconds. If you hydroplane, let off the gas slowly and steer straight until your tires find the road again. Don't slam on the brakes or turn the steering wheel. Once you regain traction, lightly tap the brake pedal to help dry the brakes. 

And of course, if it's raining so hard that you can't see the road or the car in front of you, pull over and wait it out.   

Braman Motorcars safety tips for Hurricane Irma!  

Fortunately, we got hurricane warnings a few days early and have had time to prep for the arrival of the storm. However, hurricanes are pretty wild and can take an unexpected turns! So if you're on the road once it hits, practice safe driving!   

Hurricane safety driving tip #1: Slow down and leave ample space 

Our team at Braman wants to remind you to slow down and pay attention to the road at all times. Turn on your windshield wipers and headlights! Don't turn on your emergency lights unless you have an emergency. The safe driving rule of thumb is to drive with a three second following gap, but during a hurricane, leave about five to six seconds following gap.    

Hurricane safety driving tip #2: Don't use cruise control 

Hydroplaning is very common when driving in a storm. If you're using cruise, you can make situations worse! That's because if you're using cruise control when you hydroplane it can cause the car to speed up and completely lose control. Avoid using it in the rain, and if you're driving and hydroplane, let off the gas and slowly steer straight until you regain control. Keep all safety systems such as dynamic stability control on. Do not disable.   

Hurricane safety driving tip #3: Avoid driving through puddles  

Even if roads seem familiar, if they're flooded or have standing water, don't drive through them! You don't know how deep the water is and it can cause significant damage to your car by driving through it. Water can cause you to stall and cause damage to your engine, electrical system, and even flood your car!    

Hurricane safety driving tip #4: Look out for wires 

A hurricane hits with very powerful and strong winds, among other things. Very often the storm can knock down power lines and they're a big hazard! Just because you're behind the wheel of a safe and reliable car, it doesn't mean you can't get injured. Keep an eye out for hanging wires and power lines. This is another reason as to why you should avoid driving in standing water where a wire can be hiding.    

Hurricane safety driving tip #5: Pull over and seek shelter  

If you're driving through a hurricane in your car, pull over right away and seeking shelter! Preferably find shelter somewhere with no windows and close to the ground. Stay until the storm has passed!  

All Braman Motorcars Locations
will be closed due to Hurricane Irma
from Friday 9/8 - Sunday 9/10

Scheduled to re-open Monday 9/11
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