The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers of reduced visibility on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson due to strong winds kicking up dust.
When dust storms occur, ADOT says to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive,” and to pull off the highway as soon as it’s safe to do so. The department, through its Pull Aside, Stay Alive campaign, offers the following safety tips for when drivers are caught in blowing dust:
•Immediately check traffic around your vehicle and begin slowing down.
•Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway.
•Don’t stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane.
•Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers. You don’t want other vehicles approaching from behind to use your lights as a guide, possible crashing into your parked vehicle.
•Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
•Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelt buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
The following is a public service announcement from ADOT about dust storms: