Tropical Depression 9 is headed straight for Central Florida – according to our friends at the Weather Channel, this system should make its way to the City Beautiful this week, leaving us with drenching thunderstorms, gusty winds, and just all around unpleasant weather. Are you ready for it? It requires some prep; it’s not exactly like prepping for a hurricane, but it does mean you should take some steps to get yourself and your car ready. Check out our Orlando Toyota tips for handling this type of weather!
First things first – let’s talk basics about tropical depressions. They’re on the path to forming tropical storms, and subsequently, hurricanes. However, in the depression stage they’re just clusters of storms that have banded together. They bring winds of around 23-39 mph, as well as heavy rain, lightning, and flooding. Once they clear 39 mph winds, they become tropical storms (which means they’re more organized and have a much better chance of becoming hurricanes). Typically, businesses and schools stay open during a tropical depression… even though these aren’t exactly ideal conditions for driving!
So what can you do to both prepare and handle tropical depressions once they arrive? Toyota of Orlando has tips… so read on!
BEFORE the storm gets here, take these steps that our Orlando Toyota service center recommends:
- Fill up your car with gas – when the weather takes a turn (and people think there’s a chance that the depression might turn into a hurricane), the gas pumps fill up with customers. No one wants to be stuck waiting in line, so fill up now!
- Check your tires. Wet roads mean slippery conditions, and when coupled with gusty winds it can mean higher chances of a collision. Your tires need to have solid tread on them and be properly inflated so you can grip the road. Have our Toyota service techs in Orlando check them out for you and replace them if need be!
- Also take a look at your brakes – with wet weather, you want full stopping power on your side!
However, most of your prep will be adjusting your driving habits for the nasty weather that tropical depressions bring with them. Here are some Orlando Toyota defensive driving tips for hitting the road in these conditions:
- Slow down – follow the speed limit, and if the downpour is especially heavy, you can even go a bit below the speed limit!
- Take turns carefully; the roads will be slick and you don’t want your back end to slide out in turns.
- Leave plenty of space between you and other cars so if you need to come to a sudden stop, you’re able to. You might need more room when the roads are wet!
- Try to stay away from large trucks; their surface area makes them more likely to be blown into your path with gusty winds.
- Leave early; wet weather is known to cause traffic, and if it’s especially bad, accidents that can cause major backups. Give yourself a little extra time to get where you’re going for safety’s sake!
And don’t forget, tropical depressions can easily become tropical storms and hurricanes, so it’s in your best interest to be prepared for both. Call the Toyota of Orlando service center for more tips and to schedule your service appointment today!