The combination of strong winds and blowing dust can cause reduced visibility on the roadways, making it very difficult for commuters.
In fact, small, isolated plumes of dust near the ground are incredibly difficult to detect on radar and hard to forecast, as they can develop rather quickly.
If you are caught in a dust storm, this is what you should do:
- Never drive into a dust storm, and get off the freeway as soon as possible.
- If inevitable, pull safely aside, off the emergency lanes, and completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
- Turn off both your head and tail lights, including your emergency flashers. You do not want other drivers to confuse you with moving traffic or use your lights as a guide, possibly crashing into you.
- Stay in your car and wait until the dust storm passes