Intense rainfall is often accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms. In such situations, it is important to follow certain safety precautions, as the problems that can arise are not limited to lightning strikes but also include issues related to heavy rainfall, such as soil erosion and potential road damage.
Here are some safety tips for driving during heavy rainfall and thunderstorms:
- Avoid Travel, If Possible: During severe thunderstorms, it’s advisable to avoid traveling altogether. It’s safer to stay indoors as problems may arise not only from lightning strikes but also due to the effects of heavy rainfall, such as soil erosion and road damage.
- Stay Away from Tall Objects: Tall objects like trees, light poles, and electrical poles are more dangerous during a thunderstorm. Avoid being close to these objects as they may attract lightning strikes.
- Stay Inside the Vehicle: If you are inside a vehicle when a thunderstorm hits, it’s generally safe to remain inside. The vehicle acts as a “Faraday Cage,” providing protection from lightning strikes. Keep the windows closed during the storm.
- Do Not Touch Metal Surfaces: During a thunderstorm, avoid touching metal surfaces inside the vehicle, as electrical energy can conduct through metal.
- Assess for Damage: After the storm has passed, check your vehicle for any damage. Assess the condition of your vehicle and its control systems.
If you find yourself outdoors during a thunderstorm, try to find a safe shelter, such as a building. If there is no shelter available, stay in your vehicle with the windows closed and the hazard lights on until the storm has subsided. These precautions can help protect you from the dangers of lightning during a thunderstorm.