The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. While no one can predict exactly when storms will threaten, there are months that see more storm activity: August through October, and months where typically fewer storms usually develop: June, July and November. While it is hurricane season, that doesn’t mean a hurricane will necessarily occur.
For motorists, there are few situations more dangerous than driving during a hurricane, which is why it is important to carry auto insurance along the Sea Coast. There are also steps that can be taken that will help to lessen the impact of driving in a major storm. Those devastating hurricanes of 2004-05 not only made potential visitors to Florida aware of giant storms; it made many afraid to make travel plans during hurricane season.
Threat of torrential rains, gusting winds, power outages and plenty of flooding are always a given when hurricanes hit. But what should a person do when they are drivingin their vehicle and are suddenly caught up in a hurricane?
1.Do not panic – Hurricane winds are rough and motorists can lose control of their car or it can tip over, so the first thing to do is to look for shelter. Getting the vehicle inside a parking garage or under an overpass would be the safest thing.
If this is not a viable option, don’t leave it in a low-lying area prone to flooding. If the car must remain outdoors, park it away from trees, poles or other large objects that may fall onto it.
2.Avoid standing water – Avoid driving through standing water that can stall out a vehicle and cause irreparable damage. If the car stalls, anyone in the car could become trapped in a situation with quickly rising water levels that can carry the vehicle away.
More than half of hurricane deaths in the last 30 years resulted from inland flooding according to theNational Hurricane Center. Of those deaths, one in four people drowned in their cars when attempting to abandon it.
3.Avoid live wires – Avoid driving over tumbled power lines. If surrounded by downed live wires, wait for rescue workers to safely get everyone out of the vehicle.
4.Steer clear of larger vehicles – Because of their increased surface area, vehicles like trailers, large trucks, and buses are actually more vulnerable when driving in high winds. Be on the look out for big vehicles and maintain even more of a distance than normal.
If local authorities ask everyone to evacuate the area due to an impending hurricane, make every attempt to obey this directive. Auto insurance on the Sea Coast can protect a vehicle but it will not save lives.
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