Make a Plan for a Moving Vehicle

We travel every day and you or a member of your family could be in a moving vehicle when disaster strikes. You can stay safe by knowing how to react in advance to emergency situations on the road. These tips can help keep you calm and clear-headed in an emergency on the road:

  1. If there is an explosion or other factor that makes it hard to control the vehicle, pull over, turn off your headlights, stop the car, and set your parking brake.

  2. If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the road, avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.

  3. If a power line strikes your car, you are at risk of electrical shock. Stay inside until a trained person removes the wire. Try to avoid touching metal car parts while waiting for workers to arrive.

  4. Listen to a battery-operated or hand crank radio for information and instructions.

  5. Have an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

  6. If you are approaching a dust storm, pull your vehicle off the road as far as possible from traffic until the storm passes and you can clear see again. If you can't pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed where you are able to see in front of you, turn on lights and honk your horn from time to time. Use the painted center line to help guide you.

  7. If a hazardous material incident happens while you are in a vehicle, keep all car windows and air vents closed, turn off air conditioner, vent and heater and listen to your local radio station for reports for safe driving routes and location of shelter.

Click here to download a Safety Car Checklist to help you get started in your emergency preparedness efforts. Visit the National Weather web site at for information about how to be safe if driving through dust storms.
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