Tornado Alley stretches from the South through the Upper Midwest, and severe storms can quickly create emergency situations. Since tornado season is almost in full swing, it’s important to review safety measures for truck drivers during this type of dangerous weather.
Remember the phrase “the calm before the storm”? That applies directly to tornadoes. Heavy rain storms may suddenly stop as the environment around you immediately quiets down. While in some cases it may just be the end of the storm, the heavy hitter may just be warming up. If the sky is dark or green, or there is a large, low-lying cloud, hail, or a loud roar, the storm is far from over. You may be dealing with a tornado that is in very close proximity.
Watch vs. Warning
It’s always important to keep an eye on the weather, but it’s especially important to know what those alerts coming through the radio actually mean. You can also sign up for weather alerts by state from the National Weather Service.
A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when the conditions are right for a tornado to form. Stay on your toes and know where the nearest rest stop or exit is, just in case things get dicey.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted in your area. DO NOT try to outrun a tornado, and don’t take shelter under an overpass.
If you cannot find shelter, the next best thing you can do is to get yourself as isolated as possible. Take cover in a ditch or gully and protect your head as best you can. Ideally, you will have enough warning to get yourself off the road and seek safety in an actual building, but that is not always the case. It’s best to prepare for all situations.
Most importantly, make sure you communicate with both your dispatcher and your family. Let them know if you are falling behind because of severe weather and when they can expect to hear from you next. This will relieve stress for everyone involved!
Bay & Bay Transportation values safety for our truck drivers above all else. If you’re up for the challenge of combating Mother Nature on the road and have more than 1 year of OTR experience, we encourage you to apply today!