Safety Tips While Driving When A Tornado Is Visible

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A recent news clip came about a driver filming a tornado while driving near Orange Texas:

Here is more about the tornado:

Should you be driving when a tornado is nearby, here are some tips from Geico’s page:

Tornado Warning Signs

First, it’s important to know the warning signs of a tornado, which include:

  • Large hail and heavy rain followed by a calm period and a sudden wind shift
  • Low, dark clouds that appear to be rotating
  • Deep rumbling that sounds like an approaching freight train
  • Swirling debris on the ground

What To Do If You’re Driving During A Tornado

If a tornado touches down, admittedly, a car isn’t the most ideal place to be; however, drivers can try some of these alternatives to take cover.

  • If you’re driving during a nearby tornado, do not try to outrun it. You should pull over, duck down below the windows in the vehicle, keep your seatbelts fastened and cover your head with your hands or a blanket or cushion.
  • For tornadoes off in the distance, try driving away from the funnel cloud, moving at 90 degree angles from its path. See if you can find a sturdy building to seek shelter. Banks and fast food restaurants often work well because they have fortified structures like a vault or a freezer.
  • As another alternative, you can pull over, exit your vehicle and take cover in a low-lying ditch on the side of the road if a tornado forms nearby. Again, cover your head with your hands or a blanket. You should only consider exiting your vehicle if you can do so safely.

Additional tips can be found through the link mentioned earlier.


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