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How to Keep Safe During a Dust Storm

If you experience a dust storm, you will know how dangerous and even deadly this condition is. Seeing what it is ahead of you during a dust storm is difficult because of a zero-visibility condition. 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. Dust storms are usually experienced in Arizona during the months in between 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. The dust storm travels across the desert at 50 to 60 mph.

If you see dust storm ahead, then you should be extra careful when you drive. In order not to crash into a large tree or hit other vehicles, you need to practice safe driving habits.

You need to drive carefully off the highway with reduced speed if you are in a severe dust storm. 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. It is important to stay in your car and let the dust storm pass before going back on your way 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. If you are going back to the road way make sure that the visibility is at least 300 feet. After a dust storm, heavy rains usually follow. If the dust storm is still a distance away from you, immediately exit the roadway.

These tips should be kept in mind so that when you happen to be in the pathway of a dust storm you would know what to do to keep safe. Keeping these tips with you and sharing it with others can ensure the safety of everyone when dust storm strike.

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