Despite Florida’s sunny spells, it rains every day from June to August, when the monsoon season begins. According to the US Department of Transportation, torrential rain is involved in around 21% of all vehicles crashes each year. Approximately 16% of all automobile deaths occur in these collisions. Wet roads account for over 70% of all rain-related car accidents. However, 48% of them happen when it is genuinely raining. Only 18% of weather-related crashes occur while it is snowing or sleeting.
Rainy weather and slippery roads are typical yet dangerous commuting hazards. The risk is highest when it starts raining because, while vehicles may slow down in heavy rain, they may not do so in a steady drizzle. As a result, grease accumulates on the roads even if there are no rainstorms. The sun’s rays may keep the oil and grime in a liquid state on the roads. Grease and oil may rise to the water surface when there is a layer of water on the roads, making a potentially slick condition. Even light rain can have an impact on road hazards, visibility, and tire performance. Every driver has a responsibility to drive safely. Rainfall and damp pavement raise the danger of a driver losing power; therefore, knowing how to drive securely in rainy situations. Here are a few pointers to help you ride more safely in the rain.
Ensure your vehicle is in good working order when driving in the rain
Always make sure your automobile is repaired and serviced for all sorts of environments. Take a few moments every day before driving the automobile for the first time to check your tire treads, headlight, reflectors, and turn signals. Change windscreen wipers, for instance, as necessary to keep clear visibility. Tires must be properly treading to perform at their optimum. Look for tires that are assessed for hot and humid weather when driving in Florida. Replace existing old or malfunctioning parts as quickly as possible.
Maintain a safe driving speed.
It is critical to go at a speed that is appropriate for the weather, not merely inside the speed limit. The listed speed is the greatest speed that can be achieved in ideal driving circumstances. In wet or rainy circumstances, it may be too speedy to drive properly. As a result, on a wet morning, plan and leave more time to get to work. You should not use cruise control since it may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Also, make sure to give plenty of room between cars. Allow at least five seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you as far as practical, avoid forceful brakes and rapid maneuvers. The driver must be completely focused while driving in damp environments.
Know your way around the road
Roads are built to withstand a variety of weather patterns in various locations. As a result, if you are inexperienced with the roadways in a certain location, proceed cautiously. You should also be aware of your surroundings. You may, for example, be required to go through weak underpasses or other flood-prone locations. Your automobile may glide, take on water, or be swept away if the water level on the roadway is too high. If at all feasible, use depth indicators and be aware of the roadways you are traveling on. If you are unsure how deep the water is, take a different path.
Know how to deal with a skid
Do not panic if your automobile skids or hydroplanes. If your car begins to skid, keep steering in an intended way. Slamming on the brakes makes it increasingly challenging to maintain control of your vehicle. The tires will ride upon the water’s surface like a set of jet skis and break all touch with the road, known as hydroplaning. If this occurs, remove your foot off the gas pedal slowly and calmly. Then, as your automobile is hydroplaning, gradually move the wheel in the directions your car is heading and wait for the tires to connect with the road’s surface.
Ensure that you have the best possible visibility
Make sure your headlights are turned on. If your wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well. In the rain, your headlights will aid visibility. They will make it easy for everyone to see you as well. To improve visibility, turn on your front and rear defrosters if your windscreen is fogged up. When it rains in Florida, the law demands the use of headlights. Furthermore, beginning in July 2021, motorists will be able to use the hazard lights in specific circumstances during such a significant downpour.
If you are commuting in Florida, you will almost certainly have to drive in the rain at some point. You must therefore drive conservatively, even if you are confident in your driving abilities. In addition, in wet or stormy circumstances, other drivers would be unable to operate their vehicles. Call (561) 983-4771 or email us for more info or a free consultation.