TUCSON (KVOA) — Last year, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) assisted over 75,000 vehicles stranded across the state.
As we're in the midst of the Monsoon, here are a few things that AZDPS says you should do if you get caught driving in the middle of a storm.
- Make sure everyone has their seatbelts on.
- Reduce your speed.
- Make sure to know your surroundings
- Stay out of the blind spots of commercial vehicles.
If caught in a dust storm, AZDPS says to turn off your lights, safely drive off of the paved portion of the road, leave your seat belt on and wait for the storm to pass. Most importantly, if you are caught hydroplaning, do not hit on the brakes.
"If you do start to hydroplane, let off the gas. Do not hit your brakes suddenly or abruptly. Look in the direction you want to go and just hold on to the steering wheel until hopefully, you can gain control," AZDPS Sergeant Charlie Serino told News 4 Tucson.
For further tips when driving in severe weather, visit https://www.azdps.gov/safety/travel