Dust storms, also known as sand storms or haboobs arrive without warning. You will know you are in a dust storm if you see a wall of dust and debris and it is important to note that this wall can be up to a thousand feet high and miles long. Dust storms make it hard for people to see and it can therefore be quite dangerous to drive during these storms. A lot of casualties have been reported from accidents that occur during dust storms. However, if you know what to do in the occurrence of these storms, you can remain safe. This article seeks to educate the reader on what he or she should do in the event of a dust storm when driving.
If you find yourself driving in a dust storm, ensure that you stay calm through the storm. If you panic, chances of you driving dangerously and making wrong decisions are high and you may end up causing accidents. You cannot be really sure of what other drivers are thinking and you should therefore play your part and remain calm to be on the safe side because the higher the number of drivers driving erratically is, the higher the chances of an accident occurring.
The next step to take in the event of a dust storm is to safely pull over to the side of the road. It is important to ensure that you check your mirrors before pulling over because at times, there may be cars that are approaching you and pulling over before knowing if it is safe could lead to accidents occurring. When you see signs of a dust storm while you are on the highway, ensure that you try to drive to the nearest exit so as to have a safe cover until the storm passes.
If you see a dust storm when you are on a side street, try to look for the nearest public parking garage to park in until the storm is over. The key to remaining safe during a dust storm is to get off the road at all times because you never really know how other drivers will react to the storm. Do not wait until the dust storm impairs your vision to get moving.
After you park your car, ensure that you turn off all your lights. When there is low visibility, a lot of drivers depend on the lights of cars before them to guide them. You should turn off these lights because it is common for drivers to hit each other from behind because they think that even the parked drivers with their lights on are still moving. During a dust storm, ensure that you keep your lights off, your seat belt fastened and your doors locked. Listen to your local radio station to find out when the dust storm passes and get back on the road only when you are sure it has passed.