Summertime in Florida often brings strong storms and torrential downpours. Unfortunately, these conditions oftentimes catch drivers by surprise and may result in a dangerous car accident. The best way of avoiding such accidents is to know what to expect and how to manage these difficulties when they arise.
Safety Tips for Driving in a Rainstorm
Since you can’t always avoid driving through a rainstorm, you may be able to avoid a car accident by adhering to some safety tips, including:
- Keep a close eye on weather conditions when planning to drive
- Pull off to the side of the road until a bad rainstorm passes
- Always carry a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle
Knowing how to Maintain Your Vehicle
By taking proper care of your car you’ll make it less likely that you’ll lose control of it when driving in wet conditions. One of the most important things to always remember here is to replace your wiper blades every 6 months and rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. If your windshield still becomes foggy you should use defrost on warm or open your rear windows so air flows throughout your car.
Knowing how to Drive Properly on wet Roads
When you’re driving in wet conditions there are some tips that’ll help you not to skid, hydroplane, or lose control of your vehicle. These include:
- Slow down because it takes longer to stop and maneuver in the rain.
- Stay in the middle lane since water is known to collect in the outer-most lanes.
- Allow the car in front of you to act as a guide since the road will be dryer there.
- Stay away from large trucks that reduce your visibility.
- Since brakes take on water, limiting your ability to stop, make sure you limit the amount of braking you do.
Knowing When to use Your Hazard Lights
When you suddenly happen upon a rainstorm you may want to turn on your hazard lights. This isn’t always a good idea though. While they make it easier for others to see you, they may also think that you’ve stopped and need help. Additionally, they may reduce your ability to use your turn signals and brake lights which could result in a car accident. There are also places where it’s illegal to use them during a rainstorm.
Knowing how to Drive with Flash Flooding
It’s very dangerous to drive your car through floodwaters. Not only could it potentially damage your vehicle’s electrical system and braking mechanism, but it could also harm you and your passengers who may easily be swept away by the rushing water. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the road under the water, don’t drive through it.
Know who to Call When You’re in a car Accident
Serious vehicle accidents may still occur and when they do you should contact the Rojas Law Group. Their skilled attorneys routinely help those who are involved in these accidents obtain the compensation they deserve for the injuries they’ve sustained.
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