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Pinal County Public Works is responsible for transportation infrastructure and maintenance on county roads. We strive to ensure safe roads and keeping the citizens of Pinal County informed of roadwork and improvements. Not only do we want to inform you of our road advisories, but we also want to provide information about road safety in general. We wish all motorists safe travels.

Living in Pinal County with lots of sun and heat, people tend to forget how much rain we can potentially receive. It can surprisingly rain very hard very quickly in the monsoon season, to the point you may not be able to see so many feet in front of you. A motorist can easily be off guard, and more than likely other drivers around you may feel the same. It pays to be prepared and learn how to react when you get caught driving through monsoon weather.

Arizona Monsoon Driving Tips

  1. It helps to be calm. Do not slam on brakes or accelerate too quickly. Give you and other cars some room, so you have enough time to stop if the road is slippery.
  2. Always be prepared. Expect the unexpected, make sure your phone is charged or have the necessary accessories to charge your phone at any given time. Make sure you have supplies such as an emergency kit, water, etc.
  3. If possible, don't drive at all. If you can, just completely wait out the storm and let it pass.
  4. Turn on headlights when you are driving so other drivers can see your vehicle.
  5. Avoid flash flood areas, a surge of rain in a flooded area can become life-threatening. In just a few moments, a perfectly dry area can become a rushing current of water, trapping you inside a vehicle, leaving you stranded, or pushing your vehicle downstream with the rest of the debris. According to the National Weather Service, it only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to carry away most vehicles. However, the impact from rushing water can start far shallower than that. Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passage cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  6. If there is no visibility, it is best to pull over as far as you can. Turn off your lights, set your parking brake, and remove your foot from the breaks.
  7. Always check your vehicle regularly before leaving to travel somewhere. It's important to give your vehicle a safety inspection, especially in particular seasons such as wet weather.
  8. In Pinal County, a road can flood quickly. It can be hard to determine how deep a flooded road is. Avoid driving through deep pools of water. They can cause you to lose control and crash.
  9. Wet roads can cause hydroplaning. Your car can leave the surface of the road, causing you to hydroplane, leaving you to lose control. In addition, Pinal County roads don't see much water, causing a build-up of oil and dust. Applying water to a road with build-up can be that much more dangerous.
  10. Respect the rules of the road. Driving in wet conditions can cause things to change quickly. Power can go out, traffic signals stop working, and roads become closed. If a traffic signal is down, treat it as a four-way stop. Other drivers may not be experienced or paying attention, so be cautious. If a road is closed, it is closed. Don't assume it is still safe to travel on. Obey road rules, pay attention to all warning signs, road closures, and road workers who may be working on the roadways. It always best to be safe than sorry. Safety should always be a priority for you and all others on the road.

 

Road maintenance crews try their best to close flooded roadways as soon as possible, but motorists may be in the area before crew workers can get to a location.

Use good judgment, do not attempt to drive through a road with moving water whether it has barricades or not. Water can be deeper than it appears.

According to the National Weather Service, it only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to carry away most vehicles. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

 

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