The desert is a strange and beautiful place, but it shouldn’t be intimidating as long as you’re prepared for the conditions that you’ll encounter there. While Tucson, Arizona isn’t exactly the Wild West anymore, there are still plenty of stretches of land that could tax your vehicle even if it is in perfect working condition. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be safe and happy no matter what time of year you are traveling through this beautiful area.
Keeping water in your vehicle is critical – and not just for your safety and health. Any time you’re traveling through the dry, arid areas of Arizona you’ll want to keep at least a few day’s worth of water, plus extra for your vehicle in case your car breaks down. One of the most likely scenarios is having your car overheat, so plan ahead especially if your vehicle is an older model which may not be able to handle the added stress.
Keep chains in your car, just like you would for a snowy winter wonderland. Sand drifts in similar ways to snow, and you never know when a heavy wind will bring piles of the shifty stuff across your path. Having chains in your car and possibly even a shovel will help you get down to stable ground so you can get un-stuck.
Carry extra blankets and clothing for the evenings. It may seem counterintuitive, but the nights in the desert get cold. Keep yourself and your family safe in case of breakdowns by storing some extra warm "just in case" clothing in the trunk.
You don’t need a long list of tools to keep you safe in the desert scene of Tucson, but you do need to keep your head about you.
Plan ahead by getting an insurance quote from Shaner Insurance Group Inc. serving the Tucson, Arizona area and you’ll be covered in every eventuality.