High winds are predicted to accompany the winter front that’s brought snow to Iowa. The DOT’s Scott Falb says in addition to causing a loss of control, especially for high-profile vehicles like trucks, vans and S-U-V’s, the wind can nudge drivers off the edge of the roadway, causing a situation that’s more dangerous than it seems. Falb says if some of the wheels get off the road onto the shoulder, a driver may try to correct too soon, but they should keep going, get stabilized, and wait for a good opportunity with no oncoming traffic to get the wheels gradually back onto solid pavement. Take a second, he advises, get the vehicle back under control and slow down a bit and when nobody’s oncoming in the other lane or coming up behind you, A driver’s first inclination is to correct too much, and they’ll catch a tire on the edge of the pavement when getting back on, and it can actually “slingshot” them across into the oncoming lane. Falb says that overcorrecting turns up as the cause of many bad accidents that seem to happen without adequate cause.
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