Posted 6:20 PM 5/25/2012 : Strong winds pose a challenge for Memorial Day drivers
TUCSON - According to AAA, 31 million Americans are hitting the road this holiday weekend.
That's 500,000 more than last year. While that may mean slower speeds for some travelers, the big issue in Arizona is the wind.
Ricky Macias is driving his truck today. He says the gusty winds are making it harder to control his vehicle.
"It gets a little tricky. Another truck passes you and you get shifted by the wind."
He's not alone. Another driver had this to say about traveling along I-10 this morning.
"I was trying not to stay next to other vehicles because they were having the same issues we were."
Regina Goodwin, traveling to Oklahoma, offered some helpful tips she was going to put into practice.
"I would hold onto the wheel with both hands and make sure you keep your distance from other cars."
The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts up to 50 MPH today, and the Arizona Department of Transportation says blowing dust and areas of reduced visibility have been reported. Last year, a major collision along I-10 was caused by a dust storm.
Raul Molina, with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, says if you encounter a dust storm, there are a few things you should do.
"Pull off the roadway, completely off the roadway toward the right-of-way fence. Turn off all your lights, take your foot off the brake, keep your seat belts on, and basically sit until the dust storm bypasses you."
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