5 Tips On Driving In The Rain
Even though it’s summer, Florida will always get hit with the bipolar weather. That means rain, rain and more RAIN! Let’s not talk about hurricane season. June is diving in with gloomy weather. We also have seen some floods in a few areas. Keep in mind the road rules of driving in the rain. People share the road with each other, therefore it’s best to take precautions while driving in wet areas. Here are a few tips to remember when you drive in pouring rain.
Have Your Lights On: Have you ever driven in the rain or at night and someone flashes their lights at you? Most likely, they are reminding you to turn your headlights on! Take it as a good thing, it’s either them or the cops. Having your headlights on will help you be visible to other drivers. When you are slowing down, your backlights will signal those behind you that you are slowing down or stopping. In result, it will help you prevent a serious car accident.
Slow down: When heavy rain falls, the roads might get slippery and you may not see well. Slow down your speed accordingly — even it’s 20mph in a 65mph road. Speeding in these conditions can present an accident, or if you break too hard, it can cause your car to hydroplane. We know that’s not fun! If the weather conditions are unbearing, it’s okay for you to put your emergency lights on and pull over to the side of the road until it dies down a bit. It’s better safe than sorry.
Hydroplaning: speaking of hydroplaning — if you are stuck in a hydroplane accident, make sure to take your foot slowly off the break and turn the wheel in the direction you are going until you gain control.
Turn off cruise control: Another way to prevent a hydroplaning incident is to turn off cruise control. We know that people take long drives to Miami, but in these circumstances, it’s best to take the wheel instead.
Give Space: Never ever be on someone’s tail when you are driving – especially when the road is slippery. Keep your distance by giving at least 1-2 car spaces behind. When you hit your break you might slide a little. Avoid crashing into the cars surrounding you by giving some car room.