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5 Completely Wrong Ways to Drive in High Winds


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Go Puddle Jumping
Motorways flood after torrential rain and gale force winds hit Wellington, New Zealand, in 2006.
Motorways flood after torrential rain and gale force winds hit Wellington, New Zealand, in 2006.
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So you couldn't outrun the storm in your little four-cylinder economy car -- that's okay! You can still drive completely irresponsibly in the wind!

Remember that wind often brings sopping wet storms with it. Those storms come on fast and fill up gutters and creeks and ditches with a quickness. Take advantage of all that murky water and drive straight into it. Don't let up on the gas pedal either! How's a person supposed to hydroplane if they aren't going fast enough to skim across the water's surface? The wind can only help here. Once you've lost traction and your car is skating across the water, a nice burst of high-speed wind can take your car where the wind wants it to go.

If you've tried any of these truly terrible ways to drive in the wind and find yourself stuck in a ditch, please stay there while the rest of us try to drive slowly and safely to the next parking lot where we can wait out the storm like intelligent drivers. We'll call a tow truck for you. Eventually.