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driving in rainThe best thing you can do in bouts of bad weather is stay off the roads. Being inside of a car is very dangerous during most natural disasters, considering that 1.5 million out of the 6.3 million car accidents each year are related to poor weather conditions. But, if you do get caught driving when a storm hits, what should you do?

Lightning Storm

The safest place to be during a lightning storm is away from materials that conduct electricity. However, being inside of a car is actually fairly safe in most cases. Why? If struck by lightning, the metal exterior of your car transmits the electric charge through the frame and into the ground. If a storm hits, pull over and refrain from touching metal components like the seatbelt buckle. Tune the radio to a weather report so you know when the danger has passed and it’s safe to resume driving.

Flood and Heavy Rains

A little rain may not be so scary, but heavy rains cause 47 percent of all weather-related car accidents. Turn on your headlights and take note of the locations of other lights around you, as they may be easier to see than cars themselves. Watch closely to see how other cars are handling particularly rough patches so you can adjust your own behavior. Approach standing pools of water very slowly to reduce the risk of hydroplaning (or simply avoid them if possible). If you stall out in standing water, abandon your car and find shelter

Earthquake

Find an open area, free of buildings, trees and other structures. Pull over, stay inside of your car and tune the radio to a weather report. Even after the shaking stops, remain in place for at least 15 minutes to wait out the aftershocks. Once you hit the road again, watch for cracks in the pavement, downed electrical lines and avoid bridges/overpasses that may have been structurally damaged.

Tornado

Being inside of a car during a tornado is extremely dangerous. If you see a funnel developing or if the radio warns of a tornado, get out and find shelter far away from your car as soon as possible. If there are no nearby buildings to enter, find a ditch or depression you can hide in, covering your head with your hands to protect yourself from flying debris. Never take shelter under a bridge/overpass. Only return to your car when the danger has passed.

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