As the storms make their way into the KMZU listening area, one sheriff’s department is reminding drivers to use extreme caution. Click to hear Carroll County Sheriff Troy Hofstetter:

Troy Hofstetter

Tips from

* Tune in to your radio to stay informed of approaching storms.

* If you see a tornado or hear a tornado warning, don’t try to outrun it. View tornado driving safety tips.

* Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.

* Allow extra distance for braking.

* Do not drive unless necessary.

* Pull safely onto the shoulder of the road away from any trees that could fall on the vehicle.

* Stay in the car and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rains subside.

* An automobile provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.

* Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your car or outside.

* Avoid flooded roadways.

* Avoid downed power lines.

* Check your windshield wipers and tires regularly to insure that they are ready for severe weather.

* Approach intersections with caution

* Treat traffic lights at intersections as stop signs.