Tips for Drivers in Florida for driving in Heavy Rain

Updated: Aug 29

Things you Should know driving in Heavy Rain...

If you live in Florida then you know that the rainy season is right around the corner. As much as Florida prides itself on being the sunshine state we also deal with things such as hurricanes and tropical storms. In fact Florida gets about 55 inches of rainfall a year ranking us as the number 5 state for the most precipitation a year!

This is important information to take into account when driving in Florida. Rain may not be avoidable so you need to be aware of any obstacles you may run into. Take South Florida’s recent Tropical Storm Alex for example, the excessive rain caused flooding so bad cars could not move. So as your accident attorneys we feel it is our responsibility to provide you with some tips on how to drive during these types of storms. So here’s a few things you should know.

Drive Slowly

While the road is slippery and the visibility is low drivers are expected to slow down and be cautious. This helps because it allows you more time to stop and react as needed whether it's slowing down to avoid an obstacle or allowing yourself enough time to stop. Not to mention the speed limit posted is essentially the highest an individual can go in perfect conditions, therefore it is ok to go below that due to the visibility being low. On top of that it is important to note that your car's handling is different in the rain.

Give Some Extra Space Between You and the Cars around You

Since the roads are slippery and have a lot less traction then usual it is important to not only slow down but to keep even more distance then usual. Stopping is so much harder when the ground is wet therefore try to give yourself the extra room that you need. Another thing to note is to turn off cruise control because that can also not work well with bad traction and wet roads.

Try to Enhance Your Visibility

With the new law allowing you to put your hazards on it may make it easier for other cars to see you, but what about for you to see in general? Turn your windshield wipers up and turn your headlights on. You also may want to throw on your front and rear defrosters.

Be Aware of the Driving Rules

During a storm you have probably noticed that your visibility of the road has decreased. That is because the rain and humidity combine to create a curtain of water and fog. You also probably remember that turning your hazard lights on during a storm was illegal, well under recent legislation you are allowed to use your hazards once again. Lawmakers acknowledged that hazards allow motorists to better see each other during low visibility points.

Do not Ford the Stream

If you see a heavy flow of constant water or a giant puddle which you aren't sure how deep it could be, do not try to drive through it. Although it may be tempting and seem like it may not be that deep a lot of the time those puddles can be deeper than they appear. It is better to try to find a way around it or pull over to the side somewhere nearby. Cars which are low to the ground can get stuck in those puddles and not be able to move.

Get Your Car Check Ups Regularly

It is important to get your car checked regularly and all circumstances, but when it comes to rain it is extra important. Having bad tread on your tires can lead to hydroplaning or worn out wipers can lead to worsened visibility. No to mention for driving in Florida, look for tires rated high for hot and humid weather. Repair or replace any worn or malfunctioning items promptly. To avoid such incidents from happening as best as we can it is important to maintain and keep your car in the optimal condition.

Know How to Handle the slippery terrain

If you feel your car start to skid there is the chance you could hydroplane. Hydroplaning makes the driver somewhat lose control of the car. If you are ever in that situation try to steer in he direction you want to go and do not push on the brakes. Wait for your tires to properly readjust to the roadway this way you can try to avoid any possible car accidents.

Park in the nearest shopping center or get off at the next exit

If things on the road seem to be getting too bad for you to be able to properly see or drive it maybe a good idea to take a little break. Find the nearest parking lot and just sit in your car till the storm blows over. The anxiety and difficulty of driving makes it easier for you to get into a situation. Better to alleviate that situation entirely and take a pause.

Checking the weather report before you head out is always a good idea. This way you can prepare for whatever the weather throws at you. Showers usually occur in the afternoon so it's better to avoid driving in those times if you can. Make sure your car is equipped with all things it may need during an emergency or accident.

So if you are involved in an accident in South Florida, call our offices to speak to a dedicated accident attorney at Demesmin and Dover Law Firm.

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