We set out a few tips to help drivers of all levels of experience to traverse the roadways in heavy rain:
- Check The Weather: Knowing the weather ahead can help prepare you for your commute in the rain. While this is not a foolproof method as rain is often unpredictable, it is worth your time to know the weather patterns ahead.
- Know The Laws: In Florida, drivers are required to turn on their headlights while it is raining. Headlights increase visibility on the roadways, and can help you travel in the rain safely. As for hazard lights, Florida law prohibits the use of these lights while driving. Hazard lights are only to be used when a vehicle is stationary or pulled over to the side of the road.
- Check Your Tires: Keeping up with the traction on your tires can keep your car from hydroplaning in heavy rains.
- Leave Space To Brake: Even if your car's tires are in tip-top shape, traction may be poor during rain. The safest option is to leave even more space than usual between your car and the vehicle ahead of you in case you need to brake.
- Pull Over: If you are uncomfortable driving in the rain, or you can not see in a torrential downpour, pull over into a parking lot or on the shoulder (put on your hazard lights!) and wait until the rain passes.
We hope these tips help you and your family travel safely in the rain this season. If you, or anyone you know has been in an accident, please do not hesitate to call us today. We are here to help you.