Tips for Driving in Severe Weather | Hebert’s Town & Country

March 10th, 2017 by

Severe weather can happen in an instant. One minute you’re driving and everything is fine, the next minute you see a storm brewing. Do you know what to do to ensure the safety of you and your passengers? We’ve got some tips from the American Red Cross we hope will help you remain safe while traveling.

Be Prepared Be aware of what the forecast is for your entire route. It is helpful in avoiding inclement weather and other challenges along the way.

Time To Go Before you leave make sure your gas tank is full, your wipers are working properly, and clean your lights and windows to help you see. Limit all distractions while on the road and wear your seat belt.

During The Storm If you can see a storm coming or are alerted to an incoming storm, tune into a local radio station to listen to the forecast for where you are. If you are caught in a storm while driving, turn your headlights on and try to safely exit the road and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. If thunder and lightning is occurring, avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

Is It A Tornado? If debris is flying please pull over and park. As a last resort you can:

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering your head with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.

Remember, inclement weather can happen anywhere. Follow these steps to keep you and your passengers safe.