Tornado Safety Tips for Drivers

tornado21We recently posted an informal poll on our USCC Facebook page asking what you would do if you were driving in a rural area and a tornado was suddenly heading in your direction. Answer choices included: 1) Pull over and stay in your vehicle 2) Leave your vehicle and find a ditch to lie down in 3) Step on the gas and try and outrun it

So, what is the right answer? That depends on who you ask.

For years, the most popular advice was to leave your vehicle and find a ravine, ditch, or other low-lying area and lie as flat as possible. The theory behind this is that a car can become a flying missile in a tornado – something you don’t want to be trapped inside. Age-old advice also suggested you never try and out run a tornado.

However the American Red Cross has changed their safety advice, suggesting that if you are caught outdoors, with no shelter, you should get into a vehicle, buckle the seat belt, and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If debris begins flying while you are driving, you should park the vehicle, keep your seat belt on, put your head below the windows and cover with your hands. You can read the full set of guidelines here: Red Cross Tornado Safety Tips. also advocates staying in a vehicle, but takes its safety tips further by saying you should leave the car running so the airbags will deploy if necessary. You can read the full set of guidelines here: Tornado Safety Tips.El_Reno,_OK_EF-5_Tornado_2013-05-31

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) also acknowledges that while there are few safe options if you’re caught in a car during a tornado, it does suggest that if the tornado is visible in the distance, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado.

You can read the full set of guidelines here: NOAA Tornado Safety Tips.

Ultimately, being prepared is your best defense when faced with the possibility of a tornado crossing your path. Stay alert and informed. The NWS will issue a Tornado Watch if conditions are favorable for the development of storms capable of producing tornadoes (this is different from a Tornado Warning, which means a storm has produced a tornado and has been confirmed by site or indicated by radar).

The NOAA safety tips also offers these things to look and listen for:

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base — tornadoes sometimes have no funnel.
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
  • Day or night – Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night – Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
  • Night – Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning — especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath


Conflicting advice on potentially dangerous situations can be unnerving, but ultimately the right choices will depend on each unique situation. Tell us:

Have you been faced with a tornado while on the road? If so, what advice would you give?

US Cargo Control Now Offering Customized Moving Pads

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Leading distributor of cargo control supplies now offering its popular moving blankets with customized options, including company name, color, weight, fabric, and size. Supreme moving pads from US Cargo Control We truly believe in offering what the…

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US Cargo Control Employee Bio: Joe

As our Freight and Customs Compliance Specialist, Joe is our go-to guy for all things freight-related. And because we sell and ship everything from 1″ D-rings to 12′  lengths of L-track tie down rails, it’s a job that’s different every day. Our new US Cargo Control Canadian shipping program wouldn’t have been possible without Joe’s expertise!

How to Install L-Track on a Trailer

Aluminum 48" L-trackL-track tie down rails are incredibly versatile. With lengths ranging from 2″ single points to full 96″-length track, you can easily add a few tie down points to a small space on an open utility garden trailer to tie down a mower, or create several tie down anchor points in a full-sized enclosed trailer to secure multiple motorcycles.

In this video, we installed six 48″ rails and two wheel chocks to convert a snowmobile trailer to a dirt bike trailer that can accommodate two motorcycles.

Products used:

Tools required:

  • Cordless drill with 1/4 inch drill bit
  • 10MM and 7/16 inch wrenches
  • Tape measure and Sharpie marker


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US Cargo Control Employee Bio: Allen

Our warehouse is a busy place and we have our Receiving Manager, Allen, to thank for helping to keep everything moving smoothly every day. He’s also worked in other areas of shipping and receiving, and is one of the first to pitch in whenever other teams need some extra help. We like to think of the company as having a family atmosphere, and that’s really true for Allen- watch and find out why!

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Custom Moving Pads

Carla Weeks, Moving Supplies Sales Specialist

Customized moving pads are becoming a hot item for our professional moving company customers. Why? Let us tell you!

Company name can be placed on quilted cover as shown here, or along the outside edge binding

1) Professional image. Using supplies imprinted with your business name shows your investment and pride- a great way to show off your commitment to your company and customer. We can add your company name to either the binding or the quilted cover.

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2) Loss prevention. When supplies are imprinted with your company name, they become much less enticing for others to keep as their own.

3) Endless options. While we already offer 10 different moving pads ranging from our top-of-the-line Supreme Moving Blanket to our one-time use Moving Skins, our customization option means you can also have them made to your own specifications. Options include: color, fabric, size, weight, and binding options. We even offer rolls of material if you’d like to cut and sewn your own sizes as needed.

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Supreme Moving Blanket

Ready to order custom moving pads?

Give us a call at 800-867-1210 and we’ll walk you through the ordering process. If you prefer e-mail, drop us a line at

There is a minimum order quantity of 150 dozen, and lead time is typically 90 days. You can see our full line of moving blankets here: Moving Blankets & Moving Pads.