While hurricane season officially started in June, hurricanes peak from mid-August to late October. Katrina, Andrew, and Irene all occurred in this time period. We just had Isaac, which cause more than 70 car accidents when it hit Louisiana, and we probably aren't done for the year. To help you stay safe, here are some Florida hurricane driving tips from Boca Raton accident attorney David Glatthorn.
- If possible, avoid driving during a hurricane. But, if you need to evacuate, you may not have a choice.
- Plan ahead. Follow a maintenance schedule, so you know your car is in good mechanical condition and that your tires are in good shape.
- Hurricanes give plenty of warning. In the days before the hurricane, gather the documents and supplies that you will need if you have to evacuate.
- Fill your tank with gas. Once the hurricane hits, there may be long lines and outages.
- Keep some cash. If the power goes out, you may not be able to use credit or debit cards.
- Choose a destination in case you need to evacuate. If you have a pet, you will want to know in advance which hotels allow animals.
- Don't delay evacuation. Roads will only get more crowded and driving conditions more dangerous. Power outages could affect traffic lights and cause back-ups.
- Tune your radio to one of the following stations:
- WPBF Channel 25 (104.3 FM; 107.9 FM; 103.1 FM; 106.3 FM)
- WPEC Channel 12 (93.7 FM; 97.1 FM; 89.3 FM; 1490 AM; 1590 AM; 1450 AM)
- WPTV Channel 5 (105.5 FM; 95.5 FM; 92.1 FM; 1290 AM)
- These stations are part of the Emergency Broadcast System and will broadcast National Weather Service alerts.
- Follow traffic laws.
- Expect delays and plan accordingly.
- Watch for tornadoes. If you see a tornado, get out of your car and seek shelter in a low building, culvert, or ditch.
- Watch for flooding. If a road is flooded, turn around and try another route. Flooding can hide damaged or washed out roads. It only takes six inches of water to wash a car off the road.
Stay safe this hurricane season.
David Glatthorn is a car accident injury attorney in Boca Raton. He has written a book for Florida accident victims. Use the link in the side bar to request your free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss a Florida car crash, contact David Glatthorn at 561-659-1999.