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Severe Weather Safety Talk

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On the road drivers see it all relating to weather from rain, tornados, snow, ice, and high winds. Unfortunately, there are times when we have no choice but to drive through these conditions. Therefore, we must understand the possibilities and know how to handle each situation.

Preparation for a trip with severe weather potential:

  • Ensure the wiper fluid is full.
  • Clean the interior of the windshield to prevent fogging.
  • Watch weather forecasts beforehand and plan to arrive before or after severe weather travels through the route if possible.
  • Be aware of the vehicle condition overall with special attention paid to tires.
  • Make sure to carry an emergency kit with water, food, weather radio, flashlight, blanket, etc.

Rain and storms:

  • Slow down to avoid slippery areas on the road.
  • Give ample room between the cars ahead.
  • During hailstorms pull under cover if possible and wait it out. Hail is often short-lived.
  • Turn on headlights to be better visible to others even during daylight hours.

Tornados:

  • When possible, leave the roadway and go indoors to seek shelter.
  • Pull over and get low; avoid underpasses that can cause a wind tunnel effect.
  • Stay alert to patterns of the storm and avoid the path.

Snow and ice:

  • Slow down and go below the speed limit, if necessary, to remain in control.
  • Keep a safe following distance from cars ahead.
  • Apply brakes slowly and carefully to avoid sliding.

High Winds:

  • Slow down as much as necessary to maintain good control.
  • If the wind makes it impossible to control the vehicle, pull over until it passes.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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