Driving in Florida’s Unpredictable Rainy Season1Oct
When people think of Florida, they often envision beautiful beaches with clear blue skies and sunny weather. With summer just around the corner, sudden and intense rainstorms can be expected to follow.
Did you know that, on average, there are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year? Approximately 21% of these crashes (1,235,000) are weather related.
It’s no secret that the weather can play a major role when it comes to auto accidents. A 2020 report by the Department of Florida Highway & Motor Vehicles revealed that within that year alone, 3,332 fatalities and 15,614 incapacitating injuries were all caused by bad weather.
Did you know that wet pavement causes 70% of weather-related car accidents, and rain causes 46% of weather-related accidents?
Erring on the side of caution while driving in Florida’s unpredictable weather can end up saving not only time and money, but a person’s life.
Now that the summer rains are coming and new drivers are on the roads, it’s important to be aware of all laws and guidelines for driving in bad weather conditions.
Rules for Driving in Bad Weather
If it’s raining, your windshield wipers and lights need to be on.
This is one of the oldest rules for driving in bad weather. However, most Floridian drivers do not follow this rule. Even when daylight is visible, your lights need to be on when it’s raining.
The less visibility you have, the slower you drive.
For the most part, most drivers understand this concept. However, there are drivers that tend to wait until the last minute to brake. Drivers should brake sooner when roads are wet to help avoid skidding.
Avoid flooded areas.
If possible, avoid driving through large puddles, completely submerged roads, or flooded areas. Not only can driving through water cause damage to your brakes, engine,
and electrical system, but it can also pose a grave danger for you and the lives around you.