Stay Ahead of the Weather with MetLife Home & Auto
Simple tips that can help you stay safe on the road in severe weather situations
Driving has its risks on a clear day, but what about when the weather turns sour? If a tornado siren sounds, or you have to drive through dense fog, it’s important to know what to do.
Sun, wind, rain, or hail — simple tips to help you be prepared
Sun glare: Direct sunlight can create a strong glare across the windshield, making it difficult to drive. Stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down to the speed you would drive if you were in a rainstorm or driving through thick fog. Also, always keep the windshield clean and wear polarized sunglasses in bright sun.
Tornado: Don’t try to outrun the storm. Tornadoes move quickly and can change directions unexpectedly. Exit your
vehicle and seek shelter by heading for the basement or a bathroom of a nearby building. If there are no buildings in sight,
look for treeless, low-lying land. Crouch and cover your head as you wait for the storm to pass.
Straight-line winds: Thunderstorms are often accompanied with straight-line winds that are like tornadoes in strength.
Leaving your car might not be an option. Instead, keep both hands on the wheel and pull over to a low-lying area. Turn on
your hazard lights and wait for the wind to subside.
Fog: Drive slowly and avoid the highway, if you can. Driving slowly gives you more time to react to other drivers. Use your low-beam headlights; high beams simply reflect the fog, making it difficult to see lane dividers and shoulders. Finally, keep your windows open. This helps you hear other drivers who you might not be able to see.
Flood: Floodwaters move quickly, and drivers often underestimate the current’s force. If you approach a flooded roadway, the safest choice is to find an alternate route.
Hail: Avoid stopping on the side of the road or beneath an overpass, which can contribute to dangerous traffic jams. Instead pull into the first parking lot you see. Stay in your car but move toward the center of the vehicle in case the hail shatters a window. It’s also a good idea to take cover under a blanket or coat.
Keep Your Car Ready
It’s always good to be prepared. Store basic first aid supplies in your car in case of injury. Keep a blanket on hand so it can shield you from shattered glass and falling debris. If the forecast looks grim and you can’t stay home, make sure your phone is charged and someone is aware of your travel plans.
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