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Posted on April 7th, 2015,
by Zane Cagle

Spring Severe Weather–Driving Safety Reminders

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Zane Cagle

Driving in Severe WeatherSpring showers bring May flowers. However, in the Midwest we also know that spring means the season of severe thunderstorms and tornado season.

Those who are at most risk in severe weather such as severe thunderstorms and tornados are individuals outside, those in mobile/manufactured homes, or those on the road in vehicles.

The best driving safety tip in storms is to avoid driving. Storms can develop rather suddenly and thus, it can be easy to get caught out on the road during a storm.

Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning

  • Tune in your radio to stay informed about approaching storms.
  • Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down.  Keep in mind that many states require that you turn on your headlights during rain, but it just increases your visibility to other drivers
  • Allow extra distance for braking.  Rear-end accidents can occur more easily in wet, slick conditions so it is important to make the choice to increase following distance
  • Avoid flooded roadways
  • Avoid downed power lines
  • Approach intersections with caution
  • If you must pull over due to visibility, it is best to take an exit. It can be highly dangerous to pull over on the shoulder of an interstate but if it is absolutely required, be sure you turn on your hazard lights
  • Avoid contact with metal conducting surfaces inside your car or outside

Tornado- Driving Safety Tips

  • Do not drive during tornado conditions
  • Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornados can change directions quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air
  • Get out of your car immediately and seek buy paroxetine 30mg shelter in a nearby building
  • If there is not time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
  • Be aware of potential flooding.

High Winds

  • Be aware of other vehicles around you. You can be blown off course or other vehicles can be blown into your path.
  • High-sided vehicles and trucks are most affected by high winds but sudden gusts can blow any vehicle off course.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles and take particular care around cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

flooded roadwaysThe old saying of “If you don’t like the weather in Missouri, wait a few hours” is true.  We can have severe thunderstorms and then sunshine just a few hours later.  Driving during thunderstorms and severe weather can be dangerous so avoid it if you can.  The most important thing is to reduce your speed and use your lights so others can see you.

If you are injured in a car crash in Missouri or Illinois, you will probably need an experienced car accident attorney.  Our attorneys understand that a “mild” car crash can result in serious injuries and serious injuries have a serious impact on your life and your loved ones.

Call 1-800-685-3302 or 314-276-1681 for a free, confidential consultation.