Driving In Oklahoma During Severe Weather Conditions
The Sooner State of Oklahoma is known for many great cultural things and family friendly activities, but it’s also known for sudden severe weather conditions. Tornados and hail are not uncommon in certain seasons and it is important to know how to drive correctly in all types of bad weather.
Before driving always check weather conditions and heed any warnings that are given. When your area issues a flood warning, they aren’t messing around. It means that many roads can become unsafe rather quick. It’s also not safe to drive when conditions are ripe for a tornado or your area is under a formal tornado watch. Tornadoes typically form during violent thunderstorms at times when the air is especially warm and humid. You can also get small or large sized hail during these types of storms which can not only make driving difficult but can cause significant damage to your car as well.
Tips For Tornadoes
Have you ever seen the movie Twister? It’s a classic, you should check it out. If you have seen it then you probably well remember the objects flying through the air, being thrown in every direction by the fearsome funnel cloud. Tornadoes can be tricky due to their unpredictability. You might not realize that tornadoes move super fast and erratically on land. They also pick things of all sizes up and throw them creating projectiles with miles of range.
If you see a tornado funnel cloud forming in the distance, change course and drive quickly to the nearest shelter. Take refuge in the nearest restaurant, gas station, or any other large building you can find. In the event there is not a close by shelter area, pull completely off the road. Avoid tunnels and underpasses. They might seem like a safe place to stay put but a tunnel can actually make wind conditions worse and be more dangerous than being out in the open.
What do you do if you are caught off guard and have to shelter in place? Pull your car into a ditch or other low point. You can stay in your car with your seatbelt fastened, duck your head and cover it with a blanket or coat if you have one available. Get weather updates on your car radio or cell phone. Do not try to drive again until the weather has completely cleared the area.