A power outage can make driving dangerous. In addition to traffic and streetlights being out, you may come across added emergency vehicles on the road.
If you’re driving during an outage, or you can’t stay home until power is restored, use these guidelines to help keep you and other drivers safe.
1. Stop at Traffic Signals Without Power
If you come across an intersection without power, approach it as a four-way stop.
2. Be Extra Cautious
Watch out for vehicles and pedestrians, and stop at all intersections even if you think you have the right-of-way.
3. Use Cell Phones Sparingly
Use your cell phone only if you witness an accident or run into trouble—the road needs your full attention during an outage.
4. Carry Emergency Cash
Try to keep some cash with you if you’re out and about since credit cards won’t work during a power outage.
5. Don't Drive on Empty
Gas stations need power to pump gas and will be unable to fill your tank during an outage. Always try to put gas in your car before nearing the empty warning.