Nov 15, 2013 7:35 PM by Erika Flores

Tips on driving through I-10 corridor through dust warnings

PICACHO PEAK - News 4 Tucson ran into plenty of drivers on the I-10 who were aware of the wind advisory but decided to drive through this stretch anyway.

Some drivers admitted that they are not used to driving in these conditions and had to look up what to do if they run into a dust storm.

We want to remind you of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's recommendations if you encounter a dust storm:

Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.

If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway - do it as soon as possible.

Completely exit the highway if you can, away from where other vehicles may travel.

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.

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.

Be aware that any storm can cause power outages to overhead roadway lighting and traffic signals.

Drive with caution and treat all intersections without signals as having stop signs in all directions.

"I was a little afraid because I heard all that wind and stuff but I'm just slowing down a little bit keeping my eyes open scanning the roads for a dust storm or whatever. I've been looking at the news and getting different tips on what to do you know pull over and turn your lights out basically that's what I'm going to do if I run into a dust storm,"
said Carl Roberts who was driving a truck on the I10.

If you can avoid the I10 between Tucson and Phoenix please do so until after 6 p.m. Friday and use caution on Saturday.

For more information and driving tips, please visit PullAsideStayAlive.org.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT's Travel Information Site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1.


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