Florida summer’s are known for their afternoon showers, which can be a real pain for drivers. Rain can cause a lot of safety issues like limited visibility, flooding, and hydroplaning. Luckily, there are many tips you can follow that could limit your risk for a rain related accident.
The first thing you should do if you run into a storm while driving is slow down (but don’t break quickly or suddenly) and turn your headlights on, it’s the law. It’s important to note that it can be illegal to turn on your emergency lights while driving, so make sure your low beams are the only lights that you have on. Leaving extra distance between you and the car in front of you to allow for braking and avoid sudden movements is also important. If you can, try to avoid flooded roads, downed power lines and make sure to approach intersections with extra caution. If you don’t feel safe or confident in your driving during a storm, it’s okay to pull over to the shoulder of the road way and stay in the car until the rain calms down or stops completely. While on the side of the road you should turn on your hazards.
Of course, it’s always best to be preemptive and check your windshield wipers and tires to make sure they are in proper condition to handle driving through a storm. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ft. Myers or any other city in Florida –remember after 911, call 411! 1-800-411-PAIN can put you in touch with an experienced, aggressive network attorney who will fight for your rights and get the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!