Anyone who lives in the Midwest knows the dangers of the weather and conditions. At Martin Wrecker, we’ve seen the consequences, which is why we wanted to bring you expert advice to drive safely. 

Rain

Driving in the rain means the potential to hydroplane or to get carried away from flash flooding. Help protect yourself by making sure your tires are in good shape. 

While you’re driving, slow down and make sure you take your time through turns and when merging. If you see a roadway that is covered from side to side with water, do your best to avoid crossing it. It helps to plan out your route before leaving and to be aware of alternate routes in case of flooding. 

Sleet and hail

In the Midwest, we know the difference between sleet and hail, and we also know that they can all cause major damage. Help protect yourself by making sure your tires are in good shape, your windshield washer fluid has de-icer in it, and you have emergency supplies. 

If you’re driving in sleet or hail, be sure to watch for cracks to your windshield. If your windshield is cracked or damaged, get it serviced immediately. 

Snow and ice

Snow and ice cause a lot of issues that could put you in a ditch. Slide offs are common in the Midwest, but drifting snow can also hide black ice.

When you’re driving on snow or ice, use caution on stops. Slow down by pressing gently on your brakes instead of pressing down hard, which can cause you to slide. Be extremely careful on turns and in intersections where sliding often occurs. If you do find yourself off the road, stay calm and call for help.

Potholes

Midwesterners know potholes are inevitable, but the swerve is not always possible. Potholes can cause major damage to your vehicle’s tires, axle, underbody, alignment, and more. 

While you’re driving, do your best to avoid potholes. If you do hit one, make sure you check for damage. Check your city or state’s website to see if you can report the pothole to help the Department of Transportation fill them. 

Tornadoes

Mother Nature brings a lot of dangers to the Midwest, but one of the most dangerous gifts is tornadoes. Tornadoes can surprise us in the worst ways. We make and practice tornado safety at home, school, and work, but what happens when you’re driving? 

If you’re driving and a tornado is coming, seek out a tornado shelter immediately. If you’re not close to one or see a tornado in the distance, The National Weather Service recommends you  “seek shelter in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.” If you’re driving around an area where tornadoes have occurred, watch for debris, animals, downed power lines, and other dangers. 

The Midwest is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but it can be a dangerous place to drive. Stay safe with these tips.

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