Dust storm driving tips

2013-04-08T10:26:00Z 2013-04-08T22:24:04Z Dust storm driving tipsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Blowing dust can quickly result in low visibility along the highway. AADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

• Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.

• Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.

• If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

• Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.

• Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

• Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.

• Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.

• Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.

• Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

• A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

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