ADOT offers tips on driving in storms-both rain and dust | News
An early afternoon storm that blew through Cochise and Santa Cruz counties earlier today is hitting Tucson pretty close to rush hour traffic. Blowing dust has been reported across Tucson and drivers are warned to drive cautiously.
The National Weather Service had issued a dust storm warning for the greater Tucson area, with 35-45 mph winds until 4 p.m. Drivers should be made aware of continuing dusty conditions while on their evening commutes. Travel along highways and interstates (I-10 and I-19) could be especially affected.
ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are recommending these useful tips for driving in this and future dust storms:
- Avoid driving into or through a dust storm
- Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway; completely exit the highway if possible
- 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 not close to 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 seatbelts 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
Drivers planning trips are urged to monitor travel conditions by calling 5-1-1 within Arizona, 1-888-411-ROAD outside the state, or at www.az511.gov. The ADOT Traffic Operations Center has posted advisory messages on signboards with dust storm warning information.
Because weather conditions can quickly evolve, drivers are encouraged to regularly check in with ADOT’s Traveler Information Service. Motorists should delay travel plans if possible.
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