It’s bound to happen sooner or later-that unexpected thunderstorm that temporarily forces you off the road. When that happens, be sure to follow these safety tips to ensure you make it through the storm unharmed.
It’s always important to monitor the weather through your CB or NOAA weather radio. If you become aware of an approaching thunderstorm, pull off at a rest area or truck stop if possible. You are always safest from a lightning strike indoors away from electrical and plumbing lines.
In the event you must pull over, ensure your parking brake is fully engaged and your flashers are on. You should then:
- Roll up all windows completely
- Avoid touching any metal components inside your truck such as the door
- Keep your hands off of any wired device, which includes your steering wheel, radio, GPS system, and cell phone if it is plugged in and charging.
Go to the sleeper area and wait out the storm. Do not light any candles or matches, as this could start a fire. Keep a flashlight handy and be prepared to evacuate your vehicle if things suddenly take a turn for the worse such as if funnel clouds are spotted.
Once everything clears up, take a minute or so to walk around your truck and check for damage before hitting the road again. This is especially important if there has been hail, because you will need to report this to your carrier as quickly as possible.
When it comes to staying safe on the road, purchasing the right commercial or owner-operator truck insurance in North Carolina is just as important as preparing for a thunderstorm. To find the right policy for your rig, please contact us.