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Old 10-04-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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So, I've driven across I-10 in Arizona probably 20 times in the last 3-4 years and luckily have never encountered one of these.

This may sound like a dumb question, but what's the best thing to do? Is there any warning?

Is it a matter of seeing the storm coming and trying to pull over or exit the highway (don't remember too many exits along that stretch).

Getting ready to make the trip again next month. Thanks.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Haboob!
Turn on your hazards, exit the freeway if possible. If not, pull as far to the right as you can. Same as a bad rainstorm or hail storm.
The mistake people make is slowing down to a crawl or stopping in the travel lanes. That's when accidents happen.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Haboob!
Turn on your hazards, exit the freeway if possible. If not, pull as far to the right as you can. Same as a bad rainstorm or hail storm.
The mistake people make is slowing down to a crawl or stopping in the travel lanes. That's when accidents happen.
Thanks...that's pretty much what I figured.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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The news recommended pulling over and turning your lights off, to avoid being rear ended by people trying to follow you. I encountered one a few months ago just north of Hermosillo, Mx. No one was on the road near me, so no problems. They come with little warning and is very different than driving in blizzards/white outs in my home state of Minn.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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The news recommended pulling over and turning your lights off, to avoid being rear ended by people trying to follow you. I encountered one a few months ago just north of Hermosillo, Mx. No one was on the road near me, so no problems. They come with little warning and is very different than driving in blizzards/white outs in my home state of Minn.
You mean turning your lights on??

Thanks! I definitely wouldn't want to try and drive through one. I'll just have to keep an eye out and be prepared to move over/exit if necessary.

I'm not sure why anyone would think it's a good idea to crawl or stop in the traffic lanes.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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no - he means turn them off - at least when you are pulled over

if you have the steady red lights going people can/will think that you are a moving vehicle and it increases your chances of getting rear ended while parked

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If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated. In the past, motorists driving in dust storms have pulled off the roadway, leaving lights on. Vehicles approaching from the rear and using the advance car's lights as a guide have inadvertently left the roadway and in some instances collided with the parked vehicle. Make sure all of your lights are off when you park off the roadway. Don't enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.
National Weather Service - NWS Phoenix

Dust Storm Safety

ADOT Presents Dust Storms in Arizona

Monsoon Safety Awareness : Safety & Preparedness
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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no - he means turn them off - at least when you are pulled over

if you have the steady red lights going people can/will think that you are a moving vehicle and it increases your chances of getting rear ended while parked



National Weather Service - NWS Phoenix

Dust Storm Safety

ADOT Presents Dust Storms in Arizona

Monsoon Safety Awareness : Safety & Preparedness

GREAT INFO. THANKS!
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley AZ.
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Also if you pull over, not only turn your lights OFF, but make sure you do not rest your foot on the brake pedal, as then your brake lights will come on.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I would think hazard lights would be better?
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