Don't Die In Your Car

Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 9:51 pm
By: News On 6

Most people know how to seek shelter in their home or business when a storm hits, but many people don't know the best thing to do if they're in a car during a storm.  News On 6 anchor Lori Fullbright reports a vehicle may seem like a safe place during a storm, but it's no match for a tornado.

If you're in a car when the storm hits, get out.  Last weekend's twister killed six people in one car in Missouri.

First, you have to know the storm is coming and as soon as the skies go dark, you should turn the radio to a weather report and heed the warnings.  A common mistake people make is trying to outrun the tornado, which is not a good idea, especially if the storm develops quickly, with little warning.

It's best to get out of the car and lay face down in a ditch and cover your head with your arms.  Overpasses may look like a safe haven, but most experts say avoid them unless you can get way up inside a ledge like some people did years ago in Kansas.

If you must drive, go at right angles to avoid the tornado.  For instance, if it's coming from the west, don't hit the gas and drive east, trying to outrun it, instead, go south, out of the path.

And remember, it's best to get out and dive into a ditch.