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ABC 7 News reminds the public that driving during heavy storms can be deadly in addition to being scary. Reflecting on the fact that Texas had the highest number of reported flood deaths – 77 – in the nation between 2015 and 2016, it published some safety tips issued by the American Red Cross for driving in severe weather.
7 Safety Tips for Traveling in Severe Weather
Find out what disasters may be occurring in potential travel destinations.
Prior to departing, fill up the vehicle’s gas tank, clean lights, and windows.
Take note of flashing highway signs that warn of severe weather threats.
Tune into local radio stations to listen to pertinent weather forecasts.
Carry a disaster supplies kit in your trunk.
Pack snacks high in protein, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, medications, contact cards with phone numbers, and any important documents.
Things to Remember About Driving During Floods
Most of the flood deaths in Texas between 2015 and 2016 involved vehicles that involved passing through flooded roads.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which can cause loss of control and stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water will carry most away.
Emergency management officials encourage drivers to wait out floods instead of trying to cross them.