Arizona Defensive Driving

Driving in Arizona isn’t all that different from driving elsewhere in America, but there are some driving conditions that Arizona has, that most places in the U.S. do not have. Throughout this article, we will highlight some defensive driving techniques that go hand in hand with driving in Arizona. 

The Basics

While driving in Arizona you will still want to follow the basic defensive driving techniques that you would normally follow while operating a vehicle. Such as:

Scanning The Road: While driving, you always want to scan the road ahead of you and check your mirrors frequently. This will alert you and keep you aware of any potential road hazards that may be coming up or are about to happen. Things like, another vehicle merging into your lane, or a road construction zone ahead. 

Wearing A Seatbelt: In Arizona, any occupant of a moving vehicle must be wearing their seatbelt. A driver can receive a traffic ticket if they, or their occupants are not buckled up! 

Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is a major issue, not only in Arizona, but all over the U.S. Arizona has a very strict distracted driving law and they are considered a ‘Hands Free’ state. This means that it is against the law to hold a cellular device or text while driving. The phone must be attached to a hands free device. Hefty fines can be issued if this law is broken. 

Leave Enough Space: This basic defensive driving technique is just as important while driving in Arizona as it is everywhere else. Always give yourself enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you and give yourself extra space when approaching intersections, merging or changing lanes. 


Arizona Driving

Driving in Arizona can be tricky at times, so we want to share with you a few defensive driving tips for Arizona. 

The Desert Heat: Arizona is a very hot state and those extreme temperatures can affect driving. Sun glare can be absolutely blinding and the utilization of a sun visor and sunglasses are a good idea. Also, you want to make sure that your vehicle is running properly and that the cooling system is functioning fine, otherwise, your vehicle could easily overheat. 

High Winds: Strong winds throughout Arizona are common due to the vast open spaces. If you are driving a vehicle with a high profile, like a van or SUV, you may notice that the winds will affect your driving quite frequently. Wind gusts cause a vehicle to sway and move to the left or right in an instant. If it is windy out, it’s best practice to hold the steering wheel as firmly as possible to maintain control of the vehicle should a wind gust come through. 

Dust Storms: Dust storms are very common in Arizona due to the desert landscape and high winds. Dust storms can be blinding and cause zero road visibility in an instant. If visibility is limited due to a dust storm, pull over to a safe location and wait for the storm to pass. 

Monsoon Season: During the summer months in Arizona, quick and heavy rain storms happen often. These rain storms can cause flash floods. If a road should flood, never, under any circumstance, drive through it. In addition to flooding, always be aware that the roadway can become slick and hydroplaning can occur during heavy downpours of rain. 

When operating a motor vehicle in Arizona, remember to keep these defensive driving techniques in the back of your mind! Safety is key!