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4 tips for driving in a disaster area

How to navigate roads after a disaster
How to navigate roads after a disaster © Anton Oparin/Shutterstock.com

There are typically more than 100 declared disasters in the United States every year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Millions of families are caught in areas that experience tornadoes, fires, hurricanes and floods.

When the worst of any disaster is over, it's understandable that a driver may want to venture out and assess the damage, says Jim Lardear, director of public and government affairs for AAA's mid-Atlantic office in Wilmington, Del.

But it is important to know when it's safe for driving. "You have to use common sense and drive with caution," Lardear says.

Here are four practical points for navigating roads in a disaster area.

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