When driving in Montana, don't be surprised if you run into inclement weather from time to time. For example, a strong wind can quickly move into the area, making it difficult to maintain control of your vehicle.
Here are three safety tips to follow when driving in strong wind:
- Slow down: The faster you're driving the more likely it is that you'll lose control of your vehicle as the result of crosswinds. Slow down until you're more comfortable with your speed.
- Watch for high profile vehicles: Commercial truck and bus drivers often find it difficult to maintain control of their vehicle in windy conditions. This is due to the high profile of the vehicle. Keep a safe distance from these vehicles.
- Keep both hands on the wheel: When a wind gust hits your vehicle, you can easily get knocked off your path. If you don't have both hands on the wheel, it's possible you could lose control of your vehicle. Keep your hands at the 10 and 2 o'clock or the 9 and 3 o'clock positions.
Even if you follow these safety tips, you could still suffer an injury in a motor vehicle accident. This is often the result of another driver's negligence, such as a trucker who was driving too fast or not paying attention to the road.
After you receive medical treatment and understand the recovery process, contact your insurance agent to file a claim. When doing so, take all the steps necessary to protect your legal rights. This will put you in position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.