Will you know what to do when a dust storm hits?

Will you know what to do when a dust storm hits?

April 9, 2014

Monsoon season doesn’t officially start until June, but try telling that to Mother Nature...

We’ve already experienced a few early dust storms and there’s no way of knowing too far in advance when dry and windy conditions will whip up another.

That’s why we’re bringing you today’s public service announcement. Consider it a sneak peek of our upcoming “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign (yes, we’re planning to bring back the #HaboobHaiku!).

For now, please watch the video above, check out and review these tips for drivers who encounter a dust storm:

  • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
  • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • 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.
  • 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 seatbelts 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 are always the top factors in preventing crashes.

For even more information on dust storm safety, re-visit some of our previous posts.