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.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.