Summer storms can present a unique set of challenges for those of us who don’t have the luxury of shelter or the means to get to safety. That’s why it’s so important to know how to ride out the storm even if conditions aren’t ideal.
For starters, make sure your car is in top-notch condition and your vehicle emergency kit is fully stocked. Make sure you have a plan for where you will go if the storm gets more intense or the road is impassable. If possible, try to park in a safe area away from trees and other tall objects.
If you find yourself stuck in your car while the storm rages, stay in the vehicle. While some people may think that sounds crazy, remember that your car is a much safer place than being out in the open. It will give you protection from lightning strikes and debris that could be flying around.
Make sure your windows are rolled up so that none of the storm’s elements can penetrate your car. If your car doesn’t have a functioning air conditioning unit, you should try to open the windows slightly and let in some fresh air.
In addition, unplug all electronics and unplug chargers from the wall. This is to reduce the risk of electric shock or fire in the event that lightning strikes. Turn off all lights, including your headlights, to reduce the chances of a potential short circuit.
Finally, stay put until the storm passes and you can safely drive away. Packing a cooler with some snacks and drinks will help make the wait easier, and a battery-powered radio will let you keep tabs on the storm’s progress.
Riding out a storm in less-than-ideal conditions can be very difficult to do in an unsafe environment. But if you stay prepared, know how to stay safe, and, most importantly, stay inside your vehicle, you’ll increase your chances of getting through it unscathed.