It’s that time of year again when Floridians know the power of keeping an umbrella handy: rainy season. Even those who love a good thunderstorm can agree that heavy rains can make roads slick and dangerous to drive on. Florida’s weather can also be known to change at a moment’s notice, making it even more important to practice safe driving at all times and learn how to prevent an accident during times of inclement weather.
Here are some ways to help you drive through this summer safely:
Turn your lights and wipers on Florida law requires that if a car’s windshield wipers are on, headlights must be on. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) recommends driving with lights on low beam so the light doesn’t reflect and cause glare, further impairing visibility. Vehicle lights and wipers should be kept in good working condition and headlights and windshields should be clean and clear to avoid collisions.
Slow down, do not speed wet pavement on roads can result in skidding and hydroplaning. Reduce speed to restore visibility, and stay alert. Brake early when preparing to come to a stop, and avoid changing lanes. The right side of the road or the road markings can act as a visual guide. Remember the rule, “when visibility is low, drive slow!”
No hazard lights Driving with your hazard lights on is illegal in Florida (unless a vehicle is in a funeral procession) and can increase the danger of driving in heavy rainfall. Hazards should only be used when your car is legally stopped or disabled on the side of the road.
Read more on causes of accidents and what to do after a crash here.
Visit the FLHSMV’s website for more information on driving in inclement weather conditions.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident, please do not hesitate to call our office for a free legal consultation at (727) 786-5000 or fill out our case evaluation form on the Contact page of our website.