Two days in a row, monsoon storms struck the Valley right in the middle of rush hour.
The storms packed a punch, bringing 70 mile-per-hour winds on Monday and dropping a combined 3/4 inch of rain on Sky Harbor Airport.
"It was significant. We haven't seen that for awhile," said Raul Garcia, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
All that wind and rain kept DPS troopers busy. They're sharing some tips to help keep you safe this monsoon season.
Garcia says, during monsoon season, remember to check the weather first before you leave. If you see a storm coming, he advises drivers to wait it out. Monsoon storms typically pass quickly.
"Just give yourself some time, spend some more time in the grocery store, get something to drink, a coffee, a cold drink, stay at work a little longer, stay at home before you go out," he said.
But if you do find yourself on the road, you'll likely see a dust cloud first. Billowing and tall, it can reduce a driver's visibility to nothing.
"We absolutely want you to avoid driving into a dust storm," said Garcia. "If it's unavoidable because they don't have any exits, pull all the way to the right, whether that's a dirt shoulder or an emergency lane."
He advises drivers to put their cars in park, keep their seat belts on while taking their foot off the brake and turning all lights off.
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After the dust, then comes the driving rain. The best thing to do here is just slow down.
"I will tell you, in rain, if your steering wheel is slipping a little bit, you're going too fast," said Garcia.
[SLIDESHOW: Massive monsoon storm on Monday, July 9, 2018]
The No. 1 mistake drivers make, according to Garcia, is "impatience, and that translates into their speed and a lack of courtesy and regard for others."
"We certainly don't want to conduct a next-of-kin notification at your home. We don't want to investigate a serious injury collision or a fatal. Just take your time," he added.
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