What is the best way to minimize the risks of a crash during a dust storm??
Being prepared and knowing your safety tips are always good, but avoiding a dust storm is the best way to stay safe! Check the weather and ADOT's social media or az511.gov for the most current information. If a dust storm is occurring near you, please delay travel or find another way to reach your destination.
With the dust storm all around you, you decide to stop. How far should you pull over?
Exiting the highway to wait out a dust storm is always best. If that's not possible, pull as far to the right as you can. Definitely do not stop in a travel lane and find a safe place to pull off the pavement entirely.
Now that you are safely off of the highway, what should you do?
Remain in your vehicle with your seat belt buckled. Because dust storms reduce both visibility and depth perception, turning off your lights, including emergency flashers, reduces the chance of other vehicles thinking you are moving and trying to follow you. That's also why you should set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.