One who has ever been through a dust storm will know that it is a very dangerous and deadly condition. Driving during a dust storm is difficult because your visibility can be reduced to zero. It is not surprising that car going through a dust storm can be involved in a car crash because of the condition. In many dust storms in Arizona, vehicles have crashed against each other on the highway.
If you see a dust storm far in the distance, you should follow the tips given below to keep yourself safe.
Dust storms are common. One important thing to know is that dust storms occur in Arizona between the months of May and September. In the late summer months or during the monsoon, you can experience the most intense dust storms on the road.
During a dust storm, you cannot see anything on the road, and so it become very dangerous and deadly to drive through it. It is in between Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona where raging dust storms or haboob are experienced. At 50 to 60 mph, the dust storm travels across the desert.
If you see dust storm ahead, then you should be extra careful when you drive. Practicing safe driving habits will prevent your from hitting big trees or hitting other vehicles.
If the dust storm is very severe, you should not continue driving on the highway, reduce your speed and carefully drive off the highway. Immediately turn off your car lights once you have left the paved portion of the roadway; this will prevent other cars from using your lights as a guide and hitting your vehicle in the process. You should wait until the dust storm has passed before getting back on the highway. Seek for shelter if you are not riding a vehicle during a dust storm.
Keep your car radio on while waiting for the dust storm to subside off the highway with your lights turned off. If possible, if you are on a freeway, leave the freeway at the next exit ramp. Wait until visibility is at least 300 feet before going back to the roadway. After a dust storm, heavy rains usually follow. immediately exit the roadway if the dust storm is still far off from where you are.
With an approaching dust storm, knowing the right things to do will surely guarantee your safety. Keeping these tips with you and sharing it with others can ensure the safety of everyone when dust storm strike.