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Hurricane Safety Driving Tips

September 21, 2022


As Hurricane Fiona approaches, the Bermuda Road Safety Council would like to remind you that driving in the aftermath of a hurricane can be dangerous. The roads could be flooded or covered with debris, and fallen power lines pose a further hazard. If you don't need to drive during the storm, it's best to stay off the road. If you must get somewhere, follow these tips for safety on the road:

Stay off the roads during the hurricane.

Emergency vehicles need to be able to move freely. Roads will be closed and blocked by fallen trees, debris, and flooding. Stay indoors for your own safety!

Please try to get home well before the hurricane hits as traffic will likely be heavy. If you are not able to get home before the hurricane hits, stay there. Please do not try to travel during the hurricane. If your car becomes stuck, do not attempt to push it out on your own.

Know the road conditions.

  • Know the roads you are driving on.
  • Check road conditions before you drive.
  • Avoid flooded roads, fallen trees and power lines.

Don't drive through water-covered roads.

Don't drive through water-covered roads.

Water can be deeper than it looks, and the force of moving water could push your car off the road or into another vehicle or an object. Driving through large puddles can also cause you to hydroplane, losing control of your vehicle.

Be on the lookout for debris and downed power lines.

  • Watch for debris in the road. Debris such as trees, branches and power lines can be a major hazard when driving during or after a hurricane. Keep an eye on the road ahead of you to avoid these obstacles.
  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it! If you come across a downed power line, call 911 immediately and move away from it at least 50 feet (or more if possible).

Do not drive through standing water.

  • The water may hide potholes, debris and other hazards.
  • The water could be deeper than it looks.
  • The water can be contaminated with chemicals or waste.
  • Do not drive through standing water until you are sure that it is safe to do so.

Be aware of other drivers during the aftermath of the storm.

  • If you are waiting for help, stay in your vehicle. Don't leave it to try to help others if you are in danger yourself. If you are stuck, turn on your hazard lights and stay in your vehicle.
  • If there is no immediate threat and you can safely get out of the car, do so and move to higher ground as soon as possible.

It is safer for you to stay home than to be on the roads during a hurricane

It is safer for you to stay home than to be on the roads during a hurricane. You and your family will be able to take care of each other, and if you are unable to leave home, emergency vehicles will have an easier time getting through your neighborhood.

Before the storm hits:

  • Be sure to stock up on gas for your car and a generator is you have one.
  • Have a battery-powered radio to be able to listen to the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) radio station on FM 100.1
  • Have a list numbers for close family and friends and check on them after the storm.


When hurricanes strike, it is important that we take them seriously. If possible, please stay off the roads during a hurricane and immediately afterwards—giving time and space for emergency crews to work.

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