Introduction: Across the United States, the news reports tell of the severe weather devastation and tragedies in 2012. As the seasons change, safety and preparedness for weather emergencies must be foremost in our minds. Would you know what to do if you were caught by surprise in by a tornado or other severe weather condition while in your car?
National safety agencies have provided excellent advice and some safety tips if you become stuck in a vehicle for different types of weather situations:
* If you are traveling in a vehicle, get out immediately and make your way to the lowest floor of a nearby, secure building or storm shelter.
* If there is no shelter around, do not try to outrun the tornado in your vehicle. Make your way to a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
* Do not drive into a flooded area as the road underneath could have washed away.
* If water does rise around your vehicle, abandon it quickly and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. Use caution as six inches of moving water can make you fall.
* Six inches of water can reach the bottom of many cars. This much water can cause loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water may float a vehicle and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, even sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.
* If you cannot get inside a house or building, staying in a hard top automobile is better than being outside.
* Try not to touch the metal in the car, in case of a lightning strike. The steel structure of a hard-topped vehicle does provide some protection from storm thrown debris and hail.
As the severe weather approaches, remember; listen to your local radio or television newscasts for weather updates and instructions.
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