What to do if you encounter a tornado while driving

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 11:07 am
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Mississippi tornado driving safety

Mississippians are no strangers to tornadoes. If you’ve lived in Mississippi for at least a few years, chances are that you’ve experienced one or two. The violent nature of a tornado is a result of large and erratic atmospheric pressure changes and the rapid movement of air between areas of different pressure. If you find yourself in your car as you hear sirens sound off and feel the wind start to pick up, there are a few key things you must do to ensure your safety. That’s why Patty Peck Honda has put together this blog post about Mississippi tornado driving safety. To ensure you stay safe in case the inevitable happens, read ahead to learn more.

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”Dixie Alley” tornado season

In Mississippi, and the rest of “Dixie Alley” tornado season is generally thought of as fall to winter. This doesn’t mean we don’t experience them the rest of the year, however.  It can be easy to think of a tornado as one big funnel cloud, but they definitely shouldn’t be underestimated. Tornadoes are extremely volatile and erratic—constantly able to shift directions, change speed, and intensity. If you encounter a tornado while on the road, the safest thing you can do is to seek proper stable shelter. Although this is the best option, it’s not always possible. Follow the tips below to ensure safety while driving during a tornado.

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  • Leave the roadway. | Just pulling to the side of the road can prove dangerous due to your proximity to other moving cars. Your best bet is to get off of the road, preferable in a flat space not too close to trees and other possible hazards.
  • Avoid tunnels and bridges. | Underpasses and overpasses easily become wind tunnels during tornadoes. Winds caught in these wind tunnels intensify, and become even more dangerous for those caught inside.
  • Stay low. | Once you’re off of the roadway, stay in your car with your seat belt fastened. Bend over so that your head is below your windows, and cover your head with your hands. If you are able to safely get lower than the roadway, exit your vehicle and lay flat on your stomach. Always make sure to cover your head with your hands.

Driving during severe weather can be a scary experience, but following the proper precautions will help to ensure your safety through the event. Did we miss anything? What do you do if you encounter severe weather behind the wheel? Let us know in the comments.

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