3 Tips to be Best Prepared This Storm Season

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Storm Season is here!

This storm season, Queensland is expected to experience a higher number of tropical cyclones and extreme weather events than usual. This is due to an increased likelihood of a La Nina development.

From heavy rain to damaging winds and large hail (which we’ve already experienced!), there are so many factors that can affect your car and cause hazardous driving conditions.

Don’t get caught out this storm season. Here are our top 3 tips to help you prepare.

  1. Know the weather and your local risks

Queensland is the most impacted state in Australia when it comes to natural disasters. Being prepared for extreme weather is simply a part of day-to-day life up here. Follow these weather-related tips this storm season.

  • Learn the risks in your local area, including floods and bushfires. Knowing these risks before an emergency will enable you to plan ahead.
  • Stay up to date with changing weather conditions. We recommend having quick access to the Bureau of Meteorology’s website for the most up-to-date, and accurate information.
  • When the weather turns, we also recommend staying on top of current road conditions as severe weather can cause them to change significantly at a moment’s notice.

 

  1. Drive safe and to the conditions

Whether you plan to take the road trip of a lifetime or are simply ducking out to the shops, follow these driving tips this storm season to stay safe on the roads.

  • If you’re heading on a road trip, put together a plan before you leave. Remember to check changing conditions when on the road.
  • Always ensure you have more than enough fuel to complete the journey. The last thing you want is to be stuck in-between towns with severe weather causing additional headaches.
  • Always drive to the conditions. If it’s wet and slippery, be sure to go slower than the signposted speed limit and ensure your lights are on so other road users can easily see you.
  • Always ensure a minimum safe distance between the car in front of you. There’s no need to be right behind the vehicle in front of you in wet and dreary conditions. If they were to break quickly on slippery roads, the likelihood of you being able to react in time and avoid an accident is minor.
  • If the weather is poor, pull over, take a rest, and wait for the dangerous conditions to subside to a safe level to resume driving again.
  • Never drive through floodwaters. You don’t know what might be lurking in the water or how deep it is.

 

  1. Plan for the worst, hope for the best this storm season!

As the saying goes, it pays to be prepared. So, consider these planning and insurance tips to get you best equipped before heading out.

  • Be sure that your car’s servicing is up to date and the vehicle is in a suitable condition to deal with hazardous weather.
  • Check your tyre pressure before embarking on any journey to avoid slipping and sliding all over the road.
  • The same goes for your tyres tread and head and taillights. The last thing you want to be doing is driving around with bald tyres in wet conditions, and nobody can you see coming or when you’re braking.
  • We recommend packing an emergency kit – including food, water, power bank, torch and warm clothes – to help in the event of you becoming stuck somewhere, as well as a first-aid kit that you can easily access.
  • Check your car insurance policy to make sure you’re covered for damages caused by natural disasters. It’s important to know that if you only have Compulsory Third Party (CTP), you will not be covered for any damages to you or your car in the event of disaster, accident, or injury.

 

When out on the roads this storm season, make sure you tick off the above before you head out.

 

 

 

 

 

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