Friday, June 15, 2012

Dust storm danger: Will you know what to do?

Now that our Haboob Haiku challenge is coming to an end, who out there is ready for the next transportation themed poetry contest?

Got any “HOV-Lane Limericks”? How about an “Ode to the Road” or, maybe a “Cement Sonnet”?

On second thought, never mind – those are all terrible ideas.

Besides, we’re pretty certain nothing is going to top the impressive response we got with #HaboobHaiku!

Here’s a big thank you to everyone who submitted poems on Twitter, Facebook and the blog. You helped us spread the word on dust storm safety, which is exactly what we had hoped would happen (although, we admit we had no idea the message would go so far and so quickly!).

We had a lot of fun with this and hope you did, too, but as we wrap things up this week we want to remind everyone of just how dangerous haboobs can be. We’re headed into monsoon season (the official start is today) and those dusty, unpredictable storms are on their way.

So, before the next one hits, we invite you to take a look at the powerful video above. It illustrates why we all need to be aware of the havoc these storms can bring to our roads.

Stay safe and don’t forget: Pull Aside, Stay Alive.


  1. I think that Adot dust storm safety in part is good. Pulling over and stopping is good. Where I disagree is turning off all lights. I'm from Michigan where we have white outs from blowing snow. There they advise to turn on your emergency flashers, which I agree with, think about it if your lights are off any vehicles coming up behind you will not see you until too late to apply brakes resulting in more vehicles more serious injures. If you have your emergency flashers on you will see the vehicle ahead of sooner and give you more time to react and possibly avoid a collision or at least possibly reduce the severity of the collision. There theory of someone running into the car ahead of you cause they see your lights is unlikely. If you see flashing do you drive toward them or is your first reaction to hit your brakes until your sure what going on. If that same vehicle doesn't have lights on you possibly you won't have time to hit your brakes or slow down before hitting the vehicle ahead of you remember if you can't see where you are going you will possibly lose sense of where you are exactly what direction you are heading or what direction the road is heading you might go straight thinking that is the direction of the road, but curves, you may think you've pulled off road but didn't leaving you vulnerable for that car approaching from behind. The main thing is make yourself visible to traffic around you so they have more time to your location than if sitting there with no lights waiting for vehicles to hit you because they didn't see you in time to apply brakes. I'm not saying they won't still possibly hit you with flashers on, but they might hit you say 35 MPH instead of say 50 MPH, and may not have as many vehicles involved.

  2. As someone who doesn't have a car, and is new to the area, I'd like to see a pedestrian guide for how to be safe. Should I have a cloth to cover my face? Should I avoid roads? Is the typical wind speed enough to blow me around like I'm in a tornado? If so, what sort of shelter should I look for?

    1. Good Morning, Amber.
      Thanks so much for your ideas! We'll review your suggestions before dust storm season rolls around later this year.


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