As Manitoba drivers, we know how to handle some pretty severe weather while over the road. One thing that we don’t have to deal with all too often is Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. It is Hurricane season, and as our job takes us across the country, even Manitoba drivers should know how to handle themselves when this storm front hits the coast.
The risks are pretty obvious with hurricanes and tropical storms, devastating winds and water. If a tropical storm or hurricane is going to be in your path you will likely have a couple of days notice. Just stay out of the way. If you’re in an area that will be affected, get out. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes areas are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, for the most part.
Safe Driving Practices during Tropical Storms
- Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow or stop quickly and without warning.
- Drive at a speed that enables you to stop quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.
- Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.
- Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
- Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.
What to Do if There’s a Hurricane Approaching
Follow the weather reports before and during your trip. Proper trip planning is part of your job as a professional truck driver.
- Avoid coastal areas if possible.
- Keep an eye on the forecast.
- Be prepared to evacuate if instructed to by local authorities.
- Keep mobile phone batteries charged.
- Be aware of the evacuation locations in your area.
- Have one gallon of water (per person) for each day of the storm.
- Keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
At Len Dubois Trucking, safety is our number one priority. We are a Winnipeg trucking company who operates through Canada most parts of the United States. We see plenty of severe weather from other regions and understand no delivery time is so important to take unnecessary risks. Our drivers are experienced professionals who operate safely.