BULLHEAD CITY — Being caught in a blowing dust storm can be very dangerous even for the most experienced drivers.
The Arizona Department of Transporation, through its “Pull Aside. Stay Alive” campaign, has developed a couple of driving tips that can help motorists who are caught in a blowing dust storm.
Gov. Doug Ducey officially proclaimed June 9-14 Monsoon Awareness Week.
Visibility can drop to zero and turn pitch black, which will make it nearly impossible to see anyone else on the road.
If caught in a blowing dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin to slow down.
Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway. Instead, do it as soon as possible and, if it is an option, completely exit the highway.
Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane but rather look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
Turn off all vehicle lights. You do not want other vehicles, approaching from behind, to use your lights as a guide and possibly crash into your parked vehicle.
Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt 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.