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Most of us have heard about the hazardous conditions inside a vehicle that can develop in hot weather—and that you should never, ever leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle when the sun's out. But unbeknownst to us, there's another significant issue out on the roadways themselves, and it could cause hazardous driving conditions: road buckling.
Before you dismiss road buckling as a phenomenon alongside quicksand and spontaneous combustion, the insurance company State Farm warns that it's a real danger. According to insurer, having temps rise above 90 degrees for several days can lead to sudden buckling of the road surface, with little or no advance warning. Just today, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma and Heat Advisories for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
In fact, a quick Google News search revealed several recent accidents caused by buckling—mostly in the Midwest where temps have soared this week. Who knew?
You heard it here. To help stay safe in the heat, State Farm gives these five tips: