Here in Florida, we’re no stranger to stormy weather—especially in the warm summer months. While driving during surprise summer showers can be daunting, there are a few things you can do to make the drive safer and less stressful. Take a look at our tips below.
Slowing down may be one of the most obvious tips when it comes to driving in rough weather—however, it’s also the most important. Roads are more slippery when wet, and you’ll need to give yourself more time to brake under these conditions. While every kind of storm or rain shower is different—and will require different speed changes—slow down to a point where you feel comfortable navigating your car, but can still see the headlights in front of you.
Turn on your headlights
Turn on those lights as soon as the storm starts—it will help other drivers see you, especially if weather conditions get worse. However, don’t turn on your hazards—not only is it illegal to drive with them on here in Florida, doing so can confuse other drivers and make your intentions on the road unclear.
Avoid puddles and potentially flooded areas
Never underestimate just how deep a certain puddle or flooded area might be—in bad weather, it’s always best to play it safe and find a way around the water.
Turn down the distractions
While it’s always advisable to drive without distractions like loud music, food and more, it’s especially important to avoid these distractions during a storm. A higher level of attention is necessary to drive when navigating your way through slick roads and limited visibility conditions.
Wait it out, when necessary
If conditions on the road are so bad that you simply can’t see, don’t feel like you need to push your way through it. During especially bad weather, it’s often best to simply make your way off the highway or main road into a safe spot such as a parking lot to wait out the worst of the storm. Even if it makes you late to your destination, you will be much safer for it!
We hope that today’s tips help you enjoy a smooth, safe drive—no matter the weather!