Driving around town

Lightning 2

Picture this: You are driving around town on a beautiful sunny day. Suddenly, the sky turns dark and gloomy; a thunderstorm is on the way. Bummer!

Do you know what do while driving during a severe thunderstorm? Here are some easy tips for you to remember:

  • Keep car windows closed.
  • Pull onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are away from any trees or other tall objects that could fall on the vehicle. Stay in the car and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rains subside.
  • Avoid contact with metal or conducting surfaces outside or inside the vehicle. Lightning that strikes nearby can travel through wet ground to your car. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. Avoid contact with potential conductors to reduce your chance of being shocked.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

Hopefully these tips keep you safe and sound this summer! Did we forget anything? Tell us in the comments.

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