When traveling, the threat may actually be worse, since people end up in unfamiliar areas that automatically put them at a disadvantage.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration services in the country, is offering tips to vacationers on how to remain safe when traveling through severe weather conditions. Summertime is ripe for severe weather, with strong and potentially damaging thunderstorms cropping up rapidly and with little warning. The unwary traveler may find themselves in dire circumstances before they know it.
It is important to remember to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. What starts out as a perfect, clear summer day may darken and become threatening very quickly. Most injuries and fatalities related to severe weather are people who were simply caught by surprise and unprepared to deal with the developing weather scenario.
When traveling, the threat may actually be worse, since people end up in unfamiliar areas that automatically put them at a disadvantage. There are some common sense steps that may be taken to remain safe during severe weather.
Pay attention to weather forecasts on the radio. Local stations will usually be on top of what is going on with atmospheric conditions locally, and they can also provide information on where to go to avoid severe weather conditions. Turn on headlights during rainy conditions (many states have laws requiring headlight use during periods of rain). Be sure to allow extra distance for braking.
In the event of a tornado, do not try to outrun the twister. Instead seek cover in a solid construction or the lowest possible ground in the area.
If the rains become heavy enough to impede driving, pull to the side of the road, preferably where there are no trees that could fall on the vehicle. Turn on flashers to make the vehicle more visible to other passing motorists. Severe weather is bad enough, but a collision with another car or truck almost guarantees injuries.
Stay in the automobile; since they are fairly well insulated, they provide much more protection than being in the open. Avoid contact with metal conducting surfaces, especially during conditions involving lightning.
Always avoid driving through flooded streets, since it is impossible to tell just how deep the water may be. Less than two feet of water can float a full sized car, and people die every year by being swept away in their cars. Likewise, avoid any downed power lines, since the risk of electrical shock is considerable.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration services, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.