Weather is one of the most destructive forces people have to deal with in day to day life. It can strike with little to no warning and can destroy anything and everything in its path. While weather can be very hard to predict, there are a few things you can do to help yourself prepare ahead of time.
In this post, we want to give you some advice for what to do when severe weather strikes while you’re on the road. While you might not know when a big storm is on its way, knowing what to do can help.
Let’s take a look.
Before the Storm
Your best bet for riding out severe weather is to think about what you’re going to do before it hits. In this section, we’ll cover some things you should consider before the storm.
Have a Plan
Since the weather is so unpredictable, you need to make a plan of what you’re going to do when severe weather hits. If your group is planning on breaking up, have a meeting time and place and proactively track oncoming storms.
It never hurts to have a stockpile of supplies hidden away in your car. If you can keep a case of water, non-perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, and a first aid kit in the trunk, you’ll be much better off in the long run. It never hurts to be prepared!
As Weather Hits
Typically, most people will have a little bit of warning before severe weather comes. If you know a hurricane or blizzard is on its way, then there are a few things you can do in the day or hours before the storm hits.
In any severe storm that will have a lot of wind, do everything you can to batten down the hatches. Before you leave your house for a trip, find any of your outdoor lawn furniture and stack it behind a shelter, bring it indoors, or tie it down. Many might also buy sheets of plywood or heavy plastic to cover windows and protect them from any airborne debris.
Prep Your Car
Don’t forget about paying attention to your car preparation as well. If you live in an area where you might need to leave at a moment’s notice, be sure you have a full tank of gas and a bag of supplies ready to go. If you’re in a cold climate, be certain you have de-icers, blankets, and cable jumpers to combat the cold.
Lastly, if you are outside when weather hits, head for shelter as soon as you can. During a storm with lightning, you want to avoid being outside or in any open fields. Get back to your hotel or, worst case scenario, your car.
With summer storms on the horizon, it’s important to always think safety first before you take a trip. Let us know what tips you’ve learned from your travels!