What to Do When Driving in a Dust Storm in Arizona
Driving in Arizona has its own particular dangers, from the extreme heat, some dangerous roadways and the congestion in some of the more populated areas, especially around Phoenix. On top of all that, Arizona is known for having intense dust storms, called haboobs.
In a place where driving can already be dangerous, losing visibility because of dust storms while driving increases the danger. Dust storms become particularly prevalent during the annual monsoon season, which generally runs from May through September.
All the extra wind and rain can spell disaster, and being prepared in the event that you're driving and a dust storm is headed toward you is the best way to avoid running into trouble.
5 Tips for Driving in a Haboob
Here are few more tips to be ready during the most dangerous months to drive in Arizona.
- Don't wait until you're in the dust storm and can't see. Visibility in an Arizona dust storm drops fast, and often is reduced to the point that it's impossible to drive. Pull over to the side of the road before that happens.
- When you decide to pull over to the side of the road instead of driving in a dust storm, there are a few very important things to remember to do as well.
- Be wary of where you park. Avoid being in an emergency service lane. Try to park on an unpaved surface so that other vehicles can pass safely.
- Turn all your lights off. When the dust surrounds your car and those around you, drivers will often use the lights in front of them as a reference to guide them. If you leave your lights on while stopped, another vehicle may rear-end you.
- Stay in your car until the storm passes. Dust storms are no joke, and you don't want to be in one unprotected. Your car will protect you from the storm, and you'll be safer from cars that are attempting to drive through it.
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