Springtime in Arkansas, it can be beautiful. We know it brings great temperatures and great times to be had outside, but we also know it can bring severe weather. In Arkansas that means thunderstorms or worse, a tornado. Many times we are caught out on the roads when these storms occur, it has probably happened to all of us. The weather can go from sunny and fine one minute, to a driving rain the next. Severe storms can be scary and even deadly when driving if some of the right precautions have not been taken.
Here are a few tips to make sure you drive safe in the severe weather:
- Turn on your wipers! – Sounds obvious right? It is, but once they are turned on they need to be functional as well. To make sure you are getting the best performance from your wipers make sure they are changed every 6 – 12 months.
- Use headlights – Just because you can see does not mean other cars can see you.
- Use the Defrost – Fogged up windows can hamper an already tough rainy driving day.
- Be patient – Roads are often slick, so take it a bit slower than normal. Slick roads and high speeds don’t mix.
- NEVER cross a flooded roadway – It’s tough to tell how deep the water is or how fast it may be moving.
- Turn on the radio – Often times you can get local weather and traffic updates
If you are caught in a tornado situation it is important to remain calm and follow these tips:
- NEVER try to outrun a tornado – The best thing you can do is exit the car and look for shelter. If there is no shelter try to get as far from the car as possible. It is best to find a ditch and lie down in it. Make sure you are face down and cover the back of your head and neck with your hands.
- Stay AWAY from highway overpasses – They seem safe, but they are not for a number of reasons (flying debris, wind channeling, above ‘true ground’, etc.)