Here are some suggestions to help you stay safe when spotting from your vehicle:

  • Make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready.
  • Always be sure you have enough gas.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Drive only as fast as the law, and weather and road conditions allow.
  • The driver should focus on the road, not the storm. When possible, spot in teams of at least two people.
  • Avoid unpaved roads. Being stuck in the mud as a storm approaches is a very uncomfortable position to be in.
  • Do not drive into blowing dust, heavy rain, hail or fog that obscures your view.
  • If you must pull over, be sure you are well off the roadway to avoid being hit from behind.
  • Highway overpasses should not be used as weather shelter areas. Watch for stopped vehicles near overpasses.
  • Consider keeping the engine running when stopped to view a storm.
  • Be alert for increased traffic and pedestrians (storm chasers, media, etc) around severe storms.
  • After the storm, be on the lookout for debris, downed trees and power lines. Assume every power line is live and stay far away from it.

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