Arizona's monsoon season begins in June and continues through September. With it comes higher humidity, which can lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat.
Monsoon season is also a beautiful time of the year in Tucson with its gorgeous sunsets, smell of the rain and the incredible photography shared across social media of the lightning storms that are a part of the monsoon season.
While reading ADOT's website we came across an article with some very helpful monsoon tips.
ADOT's article urges drivers to be prepared for summer storms by following these Monsoon safety driving tips:
- Expect the unexpected. Have extra supplies, including a fully charged cell phone, drinking water and an emergency kit in case you experience an extended highway closure.
- When faced with low- or zero-visibility conditions, pull your vehicle off the road as far to the right as possible. Turn off your lights, set the parking brake, and take your foot off the brake pedal. These steps reduce the chances that other drivers mistake your vehicle as the one to follow.
- Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn't’ look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated. Even a few inches of running water poses a serious risk.
- Do not drive around “Road Closed” signs. You risk your life and face being cited under the state’s Stupid Motorist law .
- Turn on your headlights while driving.
- Reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you; create a "space cushion."
- Avoid areas where water is pooling in travel lanes; if possible, use center lanes and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you.
- The tires of larger vehicles, like trucks and buses, create spray that can lessen visibility so don’t follow them too closely.
For a complete list of the do's & don'ts for monsoon safety, go to: