Tips for Driving Safely in the Florida Rain

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Summer has arrived, and while it brings lots of sunshine to the “Sunshine State,” it also carries with it the threat of unexpected violent rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Driving in heavy rain or high winds increases the risk of a dangerous situation for you, your family, and other drivers on the road.

Here are five rainy season safety tips to keep you safe:

Slow Down

Speed restrictions are based on ideal driving conditions, and rainy conditions are not ideal. The only way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce your vehicle’s speed. One of the most hazardous times to drive is just after it begins to rain, because oils on the road create slick conditions. When it is pouring, waiting a few minutes before hurrying to your destination may be the safest course of action.

Increase the Distance Between Cars

You’ll need to allow yourself extra time to brake if you have less traction. You can’t expect to stop in the same amount of space as you would on a dry road if the car in front of you suddenly stops.

Turn Your Headlights On

Other cars will be able to see you better thanks to your headlights. While many cars have daytime running lights, it is critical to switch on your headlights during a rainfall so that your tail lights are also turned on, ensuring that you are visible from all sides. 

Stay Focused on the Road

Many people drive instinctively during their usual commute and may be less aware than they are when driving in strange territory. Severe weather necessitates your complete focus. During storms, it’s critical to keep attentive and focused on the road, with a firm grip on the steering wheel and no distractions such as radios, other passengers, or phone calls.     

Summer rainstorms are nearly unavoidable in Florida, and they can appear out of nowhere. Understanding how to drive in the rain in Florida can save your life or at the very least keep you from getting into a costly accident.

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