Summers in Florida are known for being both brutally hot and ridden with rainy afternoons and nights. Sometimes, these rainstorms, particularly those in the Tampa Bay area, become intense and create very unsafe driving conditions. If you live in this area, it is even more imperative to be safe while on the roads in order to prevent an accident. Here are some safe driving tips to help you avoid an auto accident during Florida’s rainy season.
The first and potentially most important thing to remember when driving in severe rain is that, because the roads are slick, you should decrease your speed appropriate to the level of rainfall. If the rain is particularly bad, it is not unwarranted to go 5 or even 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. This is even more relevant if you are driving at night in a storm. When driving, try to avoid large puddles if at all possible to decrease the risk of hydroplaning, which is even more likely the faster you are going.
Keeping your headlights on in the rain is not only a practically safe driving tip; it is also the law in Florida. This would be important anyway, as it allows you to see the road better and other drivers to see you better. Before the storm comes, you should remember to keep your windshield wipers fresh to be most effective and headlights clean to see as well as possible. Finally, if you need to pull over because you feel particularly uncomfortable, it is wise to do so and wait for the heaviest rain to pass.
Accidents occur even more frequently during Florida’s rainy season, so if you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, remember to consult with an attorney before pursuing a personal injury case against the at-fault driver. We at the Franco Law Firm would be happy to guide you through the process and help you win both justice and financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call (813) 872-0929.