|Dust storms can leave drivers unable to see much of the road ahead. |
Arizona dust storms sometimes hit suddenly, without much notice at all.
Drivers can be caught very quickly in a blinding wall of dust and debris that leaves almost no visibility. While these storms typically happen between May and September, motorists should be aware year-round of the potential danger these high-wind storms create.
On average, nearly five people lose their lives in Arizona each year because of accidents related to dust storms. Many more are injured.
If you are driving during dust storm season in Arizona be sure to listen to weather reports and check current road conditions before you leave on your trip.
Here are some guidelines for traveling in dust storms:
Travel at a speed suitable for limited visibility
NEVER stop in the travel lane
If you can’t pull off the road, turn your lights on
Sound your horn intermittently
Use the painted lane striping to guide you
If possible, look for a safe place to pull off the road.
If you are able to safely pull off the road, observe the following safety tips:
When you return to the road, be aware that it may be slippery and in some cases, pavement markings may be obscured by sand and dust blown on the road. Click HERE
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