Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads – Safety Tips. For those of us who live in the southern part of Arizona, we have it pretty good when it comes to weather conditions and driving. Other than the occasional rains or monsoons that may create dangerous driving conditions; for the most part, weather conditions are not a major concern when we drive. But for our neighbors in Northern Arizona, weather conditions can be a concern when it comes to driving. For those who are not used to driving in these weather conditions, it can make for dangerous driving conditions. 

Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

Even though we may not have the same weather road conditions as people in other parts of the country; Arizona still has it’s share of automobile accidents due to poor weather conditions. In fact, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, more than 11% of all accidents in Arizona were a result of poor weather conditions. No matter if it’s rain, blowing sands, poor visibility from our monsoons, or snow and ice from our winter storms up north; weather can affect the driving conditions on our Arizona roads. 

From the extreme glare of the sun to heavy rains, snow, ice, and heavy winds, these conditions all can play a role in automobile accidents. Here are just a few driving risks associated with poor weather conditions you should be aware of while driving in Arizona.

Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

Poor Visibility – Many things can affect your visibility while driving. Heavy rains, blowing dust, snow, and glare from the sun, just to name a few. Tinted windows and sunglasses can help reduce glare while driving. Be sure to also replace worn out wiper blades to increase visibility during heavy rain and snow. If you are caught in a monsoon, find a safe place to pull over until the storm passes. Blowing dust and sand can completely limit your visibility while driving. 

Automobile Control and Road Traction – Rain, snow, and ice can all cause your automobile to lose traction which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. High winds can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle as well. It is best to avoid driving during these conditions; but if you must drive, use extreme caution and drive slowly. Be sure all the safety features on your car are in working condition; as well as your wipers and tires.

When Driving in the Winter – If you will be traveling where there is snow, have your car serviced before traveling. Pay special attention to your wipers, battery, tires, thermostat, brakes, defroster and heater. Also, make sure there is plenty of anti-freeze in the car’s radiator and fill your gas tank before leaving on your trip. Make a travel plan using main highways in case of emergency so that you can easily get assistance if needed. Inform friends and family of the route you will be traveling. Be sure you have the proper tires for driving in the snow if you are traveling up north. You may need tire chains or studded tires for heavy snow and ice. You are permitted to use studded tires in Arizona from October 1 to May 1.

Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

When Driving in the Summer – Most Arizonians know it can get really hot here. It is always a good idea to take precautions when driving in the summer in Arizona. Always carry extra water for yourself and any passengers. If you are traveling with pets, have extra water for them as well. Have your car serviced before traveling. Be sure to check the wipers, engine coolant, engine oil level, and other engine fluids as well. Be sure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Check to make sure all safety equipment is working properly. Be sure your car’s air conditioning is also in good working condition.

Other Things to Consider – Bring your cell phone and charger in case of emergencies. It might also be a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. If your car does not have a navigation system, bring a roadmap as well. 

We hope you found these driving tips helpful. If you ever find yourself in need of auto body work or other auto repairs, call us! We can work with your insurance company to make the necessary repairs to your vehicle and get you back on the road quickly and safely! We are a local Chandler auto collision repair shop that has been a Chandler tradition since 2001. Carstar Autopro Collision Center is a collision repair specialist center with one goal in mind; to provide courteous, professional and unparalleled auto collision repair services.

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Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

Weather Conditions and Driving on Arizona Roads

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