YUMA Ariz. – The Yuma Fire Department is reminding everyone to take added precautions on the roads during windy conditions.
Gusty winds mean debris in the roads and higher chances of downed power lines, according to Yuma Fire Department’s Mike Erfert.
“Always treat those lines as power lines. Encountering one that you think is a cable of some sort could be a fatal mistake,” Erfert says.
Power outages can put traffic lights out of service. Erfert explained the right way drivers should handle those situations. “If you come upon an intersection that the power is out, treat it like a 4 way stop. It’s not just a good idea; it’s the law.”
He says added traffic during winter months makes it even more important to leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. Just last week, firefighters responded to four separate pile ups.
“That usually tells us people are driving too close,” Erfert added.
If you begin to feel wind pushing your vehicle, keep both hands on the wheel, slow down, and never stop on a bridge, where gusts can be the strongest.
Erfert added, “If there would be dust involved, and visibility becomes a problem, they say pull aside and stay alive.”
The national weather service reported gusts reached 28 miles per hour on Wednesday.