Tornado, severe weather safety tips for drivers

EL Reno tornado car Dillard May 31

The recent warmer temperatures have many starting to think about severe weather season.

AAA said it wants everyone to be prepared and safe on the road and has a few tips and reminders for drivers.

Tornado Safety Tips for Drivers: 

If you are on the road when a tornado warning is issued:

- Leave your car and find shelter.
- Never try to outrun a tornado. Your car will not protect you from the twister.
- Find shelter inside. A basement is safest. Closets or small interior rooms are also good. Cover yourself with a mattress and stay away from windows.
- Do not take shelter in a mobile home. They offer very little protection.
- A “Tornado Warning” means a tornado is developing or is actually on the ground. A “Tornado Watch” means conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms that may create tornadoes.
- Wet roads mean poor traction. Conditions are the 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 comparable to driving on ice. Go slow. Allow extra time.
- Never use your car’s “cruise control” setting in bad weather.