In light of the recent bad weather around the country, I think it’s important for drivers to have basic safety knowledge at the forefront of their minds when their on the roads traveling. According to FEMA and NOAA, here are the rules you should follow when extreme weather hits.
Tornado Activity/High Winds
Do not drive during tornado conditions.
Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Be aware of vehicles around you. High winds are more problematic for drivers of trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, campers, and drivers who are towing trailers.
Reduce your speed and correct your steering, especially when moving from a protected area to an unprotected area, or when meeting large vehicles.
Wind is often accompanied by heavy rain or winter precipitation. Stay alert for slippery areas.
Tune in to your radio to stay informed of approaching storms.
If you see a tornado or hear a tornado warning, don’t try to outrun it.
Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.
Allow extra distance for braking.
Do not drive unless necessary.
Pull safely onto the shoulder of the road away from any trees that could fall on the vehicle.
Stay in the car and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rains subside.
An automobile provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.
Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your car or outside.
Avoid flooded roadways.
Avoid downed power lines.
Check your windshield wipers and tires regularly to insure that they are ready for severe weather.
Approach intersections with caution
Treat traffic lights at intersections as stop signs.