- Don’t enter a dust storm if you can avoid it.
- Turn headlights on and drive a slow and prudent speed.
- If you pull off the road, get as far to the right as possible. Turn off the car and headlights, and set the parking brake. Keep your foot off the brake pedal – other drivers may think you’re a car is moving.
- Rain reduces traction and causes streets to be slippery. Slow your speed accordingly.
- Water on roads may be deeper than it looks. Watch for vehicles travelling too fast. They can throw up blinding sheets of water.
- Don’t cross rain-swollen washes. You can be caught in a flash flood that can sweep you and your vehicle away.
- Pay attention to hazard signs and roadblocks. Ignoring them threatens life and property, and can result in enforcement action by police.
Stuck in a wash:
It is possible to lose control of a vehicle in 6 inches of water. Most vehicles will begin to float in 2 feet of water.
- If you have a phone, call 911.
- If you can, climb onto the roof and wait to be rescued.
- If the water is still low and you can wade to safety, do so, but beware of floating debris