What To Do When Driving in a Monsoon

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As the monsoon returns to Arizona, drivers should take the necessary steps to reduce their risks of a crash if caught in one. This season can come with inclement weather not seen during other times of the year, and even the most experienced drivers may have trouble navigating when faced with flooding and dust walls. Here are some tips for reducing accidents when stuck on the road during monsoon.

Avoid Driving if You Can

If you can, avoid driving during a monsoon. This may not always be possible, but if your destination can wait, it’s best to stay off the roads. If you must drive, take it slow and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Sudden turns or braking too hard can result in a loss of control of your vehicle.

Check Local Weather Conditions

Be sure to check local conditions before heading out. Flooding is common during monsoons, so choose routes that are less likely to be impacted by water. Also, keep an eye on dust storms – they can appear quickly and reduce visibility significantly. When possible, pull over and wait for the storm to pass before continuing on your journey.

Keep Your Headlights On

Keep your headlights and taillights on at all times when driving. This will help you see and be seen by other drivers, even in the heaviest rain or dust. However, in the event that you do have to pull over, get completely off the road and turn off your headlights. Doing so will avoid drivers thinking your vehicle is still in motion and potentially cause a crash.

It's also important to use your windshield wipers regularly, and if they’re not clearing the water or debris effectively, replace them.

Make an Emergency Kit

Have an emergency kit in your car at all times, including items like water, snacks, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. If you do get stranded, stay with your car – it will provide shelter and make it easier for rescuers to find you.

Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC encourages safe driving practices no matter what weather conditions are present. If you’re involved in a collision caused by another driver, call (480) 999-9181 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.

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