Driving in rainy weather is dangerous. The Tampa Bay area is no stranger to summer storms, and the occasional hurricane. While it is preferred for drivers to stay off the roads, we understand that that isn’t always an option. To be prepared as possible, here are Hancock Injury Attorneys’ top tips to drive safely in bad conditions:
- No other distractions: While you should always avoid driving distracted, it is especially important during rainy conditions. Pay attention to your driving and others around you in case of hydroplaning or sudden stops. Windy conditions could make it more difficult to drive as well. Adding a cell phone or messing with radio to that mix and it’s a recipe for disaster.
- Hold the wheel firmly: You never know when there is going to be a gust of wind that could severely affect your lane position.
- Give extra space: Don’t follow cars too closely in the rain. If you have to make a sudden stop, this could prevent hydroplaning.
- Put your lights on: Make sure your headlights are on in rainy conditions so other cars can see you better. However, do not put your hazard lights on during a storm as this is against Florida Law.
- Tire Safety: Make sure your tires are equipped to handle slippery roads. Use the “penny test” to make sure the treads are deep enough and make sure your tire pressure is correct.
Hancock Injury Attorneys want you to be prepared for driving in in rainy weather, especially during a tropical storm or hurricane. In general, best practices include slowing down, performing each driving maneuver one at a time and be extra cautious and aware of your surroundings.