rain_window_glassDuring Arizona’s seasonal monsoons, getting behind the wheel can be hazardous. Arizona State Troopers respond to the increased dangers motorists face with slippery roads, unexpected wind gusts, flooded highways, and poor visibility. The Arizona State Troopers Association (ASTA) has several tips to help motorists stay safe on the roadways during Arizona’s monsoon season.


  1. SLOW DOWN: With heavy rains and lower visibility, it is important to stay safe by slowing down or waiting out the storm. Safer speeds might be slower than the posted speed limit.
  2. Running washes: Do not drive through running wash areas, as vehicles can become stranded. Washes can sweep away vehicles, endangering motorists and their passengers. If public emergency personnel are called to rescue a flooded motorist, the cost of those services can be billed to the motorist, plus an additional penalty up to $2,000 under Arizona’s “Stupid Motorists Law”.
  3. Hazard signs: Look for warnings from Arizona Department of Transportation billboards or call (with a hands-free device) 5-1-1 for updates. Mobile apps and services can also alert motorists by phone.
  4. Dust storms: If caught in a dust storm, pull over, turn off the vehicle and headlights and put the emergency brake on. Also, keep your foot off the brake pedal. Wait out the storm until the roadways are visible. Pull aside, stay alive.
  5. Distance between vehicles: Wet roads can effect breaking and stopping distance, so leave plenty of room between vehicles.
  6. Traffic light outage: If a traffic light is down, treat an intersection as a four-way stop.
  7. Vehicle inspection: Make sure vehicle lights and windshield wipers are working properly. Also check the vehicles tires, as poor tires conditions can result in the increased likelihood of sliding or hydroplaning.
  8. Extra time: Anticipate congestion and slower speeds when driving during a monsoon, so allow extra time when traveling to a destination.
  9. Emergency Kit: Consider an emergency kit with items like a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, jack and ground mat for changing tires, water, non-perishable food, boots, extra cell phone charger/batter booster, kitty litter/sand for traction and whistle.
  10. Seat belt: Always buckle up. It’s not only the law, but it’s the smart thing to do.



ASTA Monsoon Driving Tips


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