'Pull Aside, Stay Alive' During Monsoon Dust Storms

A dust storm envelops San Tan Valley, southeast of Phoenix. | Chris Couture

The summer monsoon is officially here, and that means the Arizona Department of Transportation is again reminding motorists about how to stay safe if they're caught in a dust storm.

ADOT's "Pull Aside, Stay Alive" campaign offers some tips on how to stay safe in dusty conditions. The best advice, of course, is not to drive into a dust storm, where visibility can be reduced to nearly zero. But if you're unable to get out of the way of one, you should do the following:

  • Immediately check traffic around your vehicle and begin slowing down.
  • Don't wait until visibility is too poor to safety pull off the roadway; pull off as soon as possible, and completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Don't stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Find a safe place to pull completely off the paved part of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights. This is important to keep vehicles behind you from using your lights as a guide and crashing into you.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake, then stay in your vehicle, with your seat belt buckled, and wait for the storm to pass.

Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of conditions and travel at reduced speeds, ADOT says.

For more information about dust storm safety, visit pullasidestayalive.org.

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