The driver's guide to surviving 'Frankenstorm'
Despite its amusing name, the so-called “Frankenstorm” is no laughing matter. Currently classified as a category one hurricane, hurricane Sandy could merge with a winter storm creating the hybrid monster which forecasters have dubbed “Frankenstorm.” The storm is projected to hit the US on Monday and could cost upwards of $15 billion in damage. The monstrous storm has already caused approximately 40 deaths in the Caribbean alone.
Although motorists are encouraged not to drive in a potentially deadly storm, there are several safety precautions drivers can take if he or she must be on the road.
Before learning how to drive during the storm, motorists must first learn how to prepare themselves prior to hitting the road. In order to prepare themselves drivers should consider the following steps:
- Drivers should fill up their gas tanks. This is crucial because power outages would render fuel pumps useless.
- Ensure that windshield wipers are in working order.
- Thirdly, tires should be properly inflated.
- Motorists also need to remove unnecessary items from the trunk, replacing it with an emergency road kit. The kit should include a flashlight, rain gear, extra clothing, jumper cables, jack and spare tire.
Driving in the Storm
If you cannot avoid driving during “Frankenstorm” you must remember to be alert and careful at all times. The best tips for driving during a storm are: