Over the course of the next few days, we may be expecting increased amounts of wind and rain. We have already experienced a very windy night and had not had a reprieve from rain for a few days, due to Hurricane Sandy.
It is very important to exercise caution and safety when you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist during times of a storm. There are many factors to consider.
Pedestrian & Cyclist Tips:
1. Be Visible: wear reflective clothing or take a strip of reflective tape to make yourself seen by motorists.
2. Stay away from trees: the water makes the leaves heavy, thereby making branches heavy, and making them more likely to break off and fall.
3. Cross only at stop signs, cross walks and marked intersections. It is not worth jay-walking or crossing without a light.
4. Be aware of flying debris! Strong winds can cause debris to fly around and you have to keep your eyes open for flying items.
5. Don’t text and walk (or cycle). Keep your eyes on the road.
6. Be aware of your visual surroundings – be extra careful if you are wearing a hood.
7. Take out the earphones and pay attention to your surroundings!
Tips for Drivers:
1. Be Seen: Make sure your headlights are on and are in working order.
2. Be Heard: Use your horn to warn of your approach.
3. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists.
4. Pay close attention to traffic signals.
5. Give yourself extra time to get where you need to be.
6. Give yourself extra stopping distance.
7. Don’t brake suddenly.
8. Use your signals- they are not just for you, but for alerting others of your intentions.
9. Be aware of hydroplaning, you want to keep control of your car.
10. If the rain or wind is too heavy/strong, and you know you can’t drive safely, pull over!