Driving in Thunder Storms

Driving In Thunder Storms

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Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning

When driving in thunder and lighning, as strange as it may seem, being in your car is actually one of the safest places for you.

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Driving in Thunder and Lightning

  • Tune in to your radio to stay informed of any road closures or flooding.
  • Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down. You are more visible if you use headlights during rain.
  • Allow extra distance for braking.
  • Do not drive unless necessary.
  • Pull safely onto the hardshoulder of the road away from any trees that could fall on the vehicle.
  • Stay in the car and drive very slowly if you encounter torrential rain.
  • An automobile provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.
  • Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your car or outside.
  • Avoid flooded roadways.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Check your windscreen wipers and tyres regularly to ensure that they are ready for severe weather.
  • Approach junctions with caution
  • Leave lots more space on fast moving roads to allow for more braking time and less visibility.

 

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 Facts about Thunderstorms

 

  • They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.
  • About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe – one that produces hail at least an inch or larger in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher or produces a tornado.

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Facts about Lightning

 

  • Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property.
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
  • “Heat lightning” is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions.
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

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