Mar 26, 2014 10:39 AM by Jeff Beamish, Nichole Szemerei

Travel tips when encountering blowing dust on the roadways

TUCSON - With localized blowing dust forecast for I-10 this afternoon, ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

* Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
* 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.
* 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 away from 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 seat belts 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.
* A driver's alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

ADOT, along with the Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service, will continue to work as a public safety team to protect Arizona's drivers, and will closely monitor conditions on the highways while maintaining driver safety.


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