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Looks like this evening’s commute could be hazardous

Use caution by following these tips below for driving during ‘interesting’ weather!

PLEASE give first responders room to work if you approach a crash scene, move over one full lane, if possible, if not SLOW DOWN to 20 mph UNDER the posted speed limit.

If you see a crash scene with yellow caution tape over the vehicles, it means the scene has already been assessed by first responders, no need to call us again.

Be especially careful in school zones, school busses and bus stops during rain, or anytime roads are hazardous!

If you encounter a hailstorm when driving:

  • Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and it can cause injury to those in its path.
  • Stop driving and pull to a safe place so hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows — driving compounds hail’s impact with your car. Stop under an overpass, and don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water.
  • Keep your car angled so the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage.
  • Lie down, if possible, and keep your back to the windows. If you have a blanket, cover yourself with it to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

Tornado safety while driving

 Tornado is far away

If you can see the tornado in the distance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends driving out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. You should also seek shelter immediately.

The following sturdy shelters are suggested:

  • Truck stops
  • Convenience stores
  • Restaurants
  • Basements
  • Walk-in coolers

Tornado is close

If the tornado threat is immediate or you are caught in extreme winds and flying debris park your car as quickly as possible.

NOAA advises you to do one of the following:

  • Stay in your car with your seatbelt buckled. Cover your head and face from glass with a jacket, blanket, cushion or by ducking.
  • Get lower than the roadway, duck, and cover.

There are two things you should never do during a tornado.

  • Don’t seek shelter under an underpass.
    • Winds are actually higher in these openings.
  • Don’t seek shelter under a car as debris could fall on top of it.

After the tornado passes

After a tornado dies out watch for dangerous debris that may have fallen during the storm. Be on the lookout for:

  • Fallen power lines
  • Broken gas lines
  • Sharp debris