Preparedness, Awareness, & Common Sense are Your Best Protections while Driving in Chicago-Area Severe Summer Weather

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Preparedness, Awareness, & Common Sense 
are Your Best Protections while Driving in
Chicago-Area Severe Summer Weather



     While riding home from Chicago yesterday, we got pounded with rain.  A storm blew up suddenly and the rain was accompanied by ominous dark clouds and high gusts of wind.  A Severe Thunderstorm Warning had been issued for our County and surrounding counties for the entire night.

     This year's already been full of weather warnings in the Chicagoland area.  The past winter was a bugger and it seemed to last forever.  

     Spring's warmer weather has finally arrived.  But in the Midwest, (and many other areas of the U.S.) that means the potential for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flooding arrives too. 

     In the Chicago area, the highways are often jam-packed.  That was the case yesterday.  And it got me thinking ...  

http://www.redcross.org/     "What if a storms' winds, flooding, hail, or even a tornado occurs while we're in our car?  What should I do?  How do I protect us?"

     So, I did a little investigating today.  This is the information I found:

     If the car is moving: 

  • Tune in to your car's radio to get the latest weather info. Stay informed of the weather's movement and path
  • Makesure your vehicle's headlights are on
  • Slow down!
  • Be aware of all the vehicles around you.  High winds are especially problematic for larger vehicles such as RVs, Semi, Campers, Trailers, Buses, etc.
  • Allow extra distance for braking on wet roads
  • Approach and navigate intersections with extreme caution.  Be prepared to come to a full stop
  • Don't try to drive through flooded areas


     If hail is involved:

  • When possible, pull into a shelter for protection from the damaging hail 
  • Follow the advice for severe thunderstorms

     If a Tornado is spotted or predicted:

  • Do NOT try to out-run the tornado
  • If the tornado is imminent, seek immediate shelter out of the car, if possible
  • If immediate shelter is not available, get out of your car and lie-down in a ditch.  A tornado can quickly turn you vehicle into a flying object

     If Flooding occurs:

  • Don't try to drive through flooded areas.  Find an alternative route
  • Remember:  Water that appears shallow can be misleading.  The water may hide damage to the road beneath it ... or the road may have been completely washed away
  • 6 inches of water reaches the bottom of most passenger cars .. and can cause stalling of your vehicle's engine
  • 1 foot of water can float almost any vehicle on the road
  • 2 feet of water will virtually sweep cars off the road .. even the big rigs, pick-ups, SUV's, etc.
  • Leave your vehicle and head for higher ground, if need be


     Preparedness, awareness, and common sense are your best protections while driving in Chicago-area severe summer weather.  Be alert and watchful, listen for weather updates, and be ready and willing to react quickly when bad weather and emergencies occur.

    

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John Meussner
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Good advice Gene, and very important this time of year.  Back east we'd get severe weather and the occasional tornado but nowhere near as frequently as the midwest, this is the kind of stuff people need to know.

May 12, 2014 08:13 AM #1
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Thanks, John ... hoping it proves helpful and keeps people safe ...

Gene

May 12, 2014 08:32 AM #2
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Gene, I'd like to add something.  Keep all of your attention on the road and the cars around you.  Don't distract yourself with a telephone conversation, even if you have a hands-free set up in your car.  My auto safety buddies tell me that the numbers are showing that blue tooth is almost as bad as talking with the phone to your ear.  Either way, you're distracted. 

Stay safe and dry out there!

May 12, 2014 10:26 AM #3
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Gene. You are a man of many talents and shared valuable advice. Good information to have, but hope none of us need to remember any of it.

May 12, 2014 07:26 PM #4
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Gabe Sanders
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Excellent information for all drivers everywhere, Gene.  

May 12, 2014 09:37 PM #5
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Great point, Patricia ... thank you for adding it.  Our best friends are insurance agents and they report much the same.  Texting and talking on cells is a huge issue ...

Certainly hope so too, Joe ... although as I write this it's clouding up again and the wind has picked-up!

Gabe:  Thank you!  Hope it proves useful ...

Gene

May 13, 2014 12:16 AM #6
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Ron Marshall
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Great tips....my ex once ended up floating her car...not flooding it.  It floated after she drove under an overpass that she thought was shallow.  Wow!

May 13, 2014 02:14 AM #7
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I'm sorry to hear that, Ron ... but your story proves a valuable point.  It CAN happen .. and does!  Take precautions and drive intelligently ...

Gene

May 13, 2014 10:52 AM #8
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Gene good list.  Everyone should be prepared for the type of weather in their area and know what to do.  For us it is snow storms and an occasional hurricane.

May 13, 2014 11:05 AM #9
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Charles Stallions
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Great info and with our recent flooding here this will make a great repost

May 13, 2014 12:25 PM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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One is sometimes so glad you are not shoveling and salting you forget that what looks like a little puddle can consume the car well past the the wheels...good advice..of course !

May 14, 2014 12:11 AM #11
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Not thinkin' I'd like that hurricane stuff, George ... although tornadoes crop-up more frequently here in our area and they're bad enough!

Charles:  Glad it will help serve a purpose!  You made my day ..

I think we're still suffering from fear of Winter relapse in the Midwest yet, Sally!  Quite the adjustment to worries about warmer weather ...

Gene

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