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Tips to driving in the Florida rain

The rain season is upon us, and heavy rain proves hazardous for all Floridians.

According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, rain and wet roads attribute to thousands of car accidents each year. How can you stay safe while attempting to drive in the rain?

Staying safe while driving in heavy rain

Accidents can happen for a multitude of reasons, but these tips may help a driver evade a collision.

  • Don’t use your hazards: Many people will choose to turn on their hazard lights in low visibility conditions, to make it easier for other cars to see them. However, it is illegal to use your hazard lights while driving in Florida. Using low-beams instead of hazard lights can help you inform other vehicles of your presence.
  • Watch for standing water: Driving can be dangerous if there is rushing or standing water under your wheels. Wet pavement can make it hard for you to maintain control of the vehicle, as traction is severely decreased.
  • Slow down: Speeding, or even driving the maximum posted speed limit, can make it problematic to see what is around you before it is too late. Heavy rain can obscure vision to the point where you have little to no visibility in front or behind you. Before you know it, you could be coming up on another car who may be driving slower than you.
  • Pull over if possible: If you cannot see and fear for your safety, as well as the safety of the cars surrounding you, it may be wise to pull over to the side of the road or the nearest parking lot. Waiting out a downpour can help you avoid a potential accident.

Driving in the rain does not have to be a cause for concern. Making sure to stay alert and driving in a safe manner is helpful when heavy rain falls.

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