Fleet Safety Tip: Tornadoes

Jun 14, 2011

With the extreme weather conditions that have hit the country hard over the last few months and tornado season still in effect across the nation’s heartland, it’s a good time to think about educating your drivers on what to do if a tornado hits while they are on the road.  Pass along the following tips from Automotive Fleet to your drivers:


-A "tornado warning" means a twister is developing or is actually on the ground. It is more severe than a "tornado watch," which means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may or may not spawn tornadoes.

-Tornadoes can toss cars and large trucks around like toys. Never try to outrun a tornado.

-If you see a funnel cloud or hear a tornado warning issued on the radio or by siren, get out of your vehicle and seek a safe structure.

-Seeking shelter indoors is best, if possible. A basement is safest. Closets or small interior rooms are preferable. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture or mattress and stay away from south and west walls and all windows.

-Do not seek shelter in a mobile home. These structures, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.

-If you are caught in the open, with no indoor buildings available to you, find a ditch, ravine or low-lying area and lie flat. Stay away from roadway overpasses. Cover the back of your head and neck with your hands; keep alert for flash floods.

-In general, whenever you're driving during a storm, remember that wet roads mean poor traction. Conditions are most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of a heavy downpour as oil and debris wash away. Driving on wet roads in the rain is just like driving on ice. Take it easy and allow extra time.


Keep these tips in mind and be safe on the roads!


Photo courtesy of Donald Lee Pardue and re-used under the Creative Commons license.