If you find yourself stuck in your vehicle when a tornado approaches, there are a few things you need to know to stay safe. Learn more about what to do when driving during a tornado below.
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How To Stay Safe When Driving During a Tornado
Drive Away From The Tornado
If the roads are clear and you see a tornado off in the distance, it’s a good idea to change course. You want to drive at a right angle to the tornado’s movement to stay out of its path. However, the direction a tornado is traveling can change in a second, so rather than trying to outrun it in your vehicle, it is best if you can drive towards a solid building and seek shelter inside.
Find Underground Parking
If you are in a larger city with underground parking structures nearby, they are a great option as there is no need to get outside of your vehicle to enter a building. Simply drive inside and away from the entrance and keep your phone handy to track weather conditions.
Shelter In Place
If there are no solid structures nearby to head towards, you will need to shelter in place. If you plan to stay in your vehicle, keep your seat belt on and get as low to the floor as you comfortably can keeping your head covered with your hands and/or a blanket. If there is a nearby area that is lower than street level like a deep ditch, you can also get out of your vehicle and lie there making sure to keep your head covered with your hands. If debris has already started circulating in the air, it may be best to stay inside. Do not park under a bridge or an overpass as winds are likely to be stronger there.
Stay safe and keep following the Coast to Coast Motors blog for additional tips and tricks!