Georgia DOT offers Advice for Driving in Inclement Weather
With the anticipation of severe weather including thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and wind gusts expected on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, across north Georgia, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) wants to remind drivers of some best practices when driving in inclement weather. When heavy rainfall occurs in a very short amount of time, water on roadways, even with storm drains that function well under normal rainfall, can rise temporarily just like creeks and rivers. Motorists should still expect intermittent flooding due to the severity of the expected storm. As storms move through Georgia, Georgia DOT encourages drivers to be careful, slow down, and if visibility becomes compromised, pull over until the heavy rain passes. Avoid driving through large pools of water. The road may be compromised under the water. A foot of water can make a car float. Two feet of rushing water can carry most vehicles including trucks and SUVs. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry away an adult. Do not drive around barricades. If you come across downed power lines or trees, turn around and find an alternative route. Report downed power lines to your local authorities or to 9-1-1. Heavy winds can easily blow vehicles around. If you must drive, slow down and pay attention. Conditions can change quickly, be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicles in front of you. Stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel during the storms, if possible. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates call 511 or use the Georgia 511 app. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, including traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays. More information is available at www.511ga.org.