Tips for Driving During Rainy Season

Has a sudden downpour ever wrecked your day? When you’re planning a beach trip or outdoor adventure, Florida’s frequent rainstorms can lead to major disappointments. But they can do more than just derail your plans. If you’re on the roads during a downpour, rain increases your chances of being involved in a car accident. As the rainy season gets into full swing, remember these tips for driving safely in the rain.

Make sure your car is always rain-ready

Before it even starts raining, you can take matters in your own hands by making sure all your vehicle is safe and ready for any conditions you might encounter on the roads. To stay safe in rainy weather, pay particular attention to your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers. If you notice any issues, address them right away. This saves you from suddenly realizing you have a broken windshield wiper in the middle of a downpour, and helps you solve issues before they become a hazard.

Slow down

When you’re driving on wet roads, reduce your speed. This decreases the risks of hydroplaning, and gives you plenty of time to react to any upcoming obstacles, like debris in the road. Remember, your visibility will likely be reduced during rainy weather, so slow down to give yourself time to react.

Turn on your headlights

On rainy days, other drivers will also be experiencing decreased visibility. Make sure to turn on your headlights to ensure that they see you, and to allow yourself to better see what’s happening on the roads.

Watch out for standing water

If there is a lot of water on the roads, try to avoid it. Large puddles could hide dangerous debris or potholes, and standing water can be deceptive—it might be far deeper than it seems. Remember: turn around, don’t drown!

If you do find yourself hydroplaning, stay calm

If your car starts to hydroplane on a wet road, calmly take your foot off the accelerator, then steer in the direction you’re trying to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes, as this could make the situation worse.

As hurricane season gets into full swing and we begin seeing near-daily rainstorms, keep these tips in mind for staring safe while driving in the rain!

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