Driver safety tips for dust storms, monsoons

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - AAA Arizona offers tips to help protect drivers in dust storm and monsoon conditions. Officials stress the importance of knowing how to react quickly to fast-moving monsoons.

Officials suggest the following tips:

Slow down! Roads become slippery when water mixes with oil, dirt and grease, making it harder to control a vehicle.

Don't tailgate. Stopping distances are greater on wet, slippery roads.

Allow extra time to get to your destination. Traffic is heavier in bad weather.

Refrain from driving through flooded areas. It only takes a few inches of rushing water to move a vehicle. Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law" allows agencies to collect up to $2,000 for water rescues if you get stuck after purposely driving in flooded areas.

Do not take photos while driving. That wall of dust moving across the highway would make for an amazing photo or video – if you weren't driving. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on the task at hand at all times. This is especially important during inclement weather.

If you are caught in a severe storm and cannot drive safely, move completely off the roadway and stop with the lights off. Remove your foot from the brake to ensure brake lights are not lit. This will prevent other drivers from following your taillights, thinking you are still on the road. Never stop in the travel portion of the roadway.

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