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4 tips for driving in a disaster area

Dodge damaged road signs
Dodge damaged road signs © spirit of america/Shutterstock.com

"Street lights and traffic signs may have been taken out by the storm," says State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak. If they are, and you are not familiar with the area, it's best to wait before navigating the roads.

Lardear says even if some road signs remain, don't assume that complete traffic and area information is available. If you come to an intersection where the traffic lights aren't functioning, treat the intersection as if there is a stop sign.

"You have to proceed with extreme caution," he says. "All the other drivers are in the same position as you, so if you're not getting clear instructions, other drivers are not as well."

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