June through November is hurricane season, and Florida’s tropical climate often results in daily late summer downpours and showers. While these bursts of rain typically don’t last long, they can be intense. Sudden precipitation can result in decreased visibility, fog, and slick roads that make driving a challenge. Add to that the influx of millions of tourists unfamiliar with our weather conditions as well as local laws and procedures for driving in foul weather, and you have a potentially serious situation. Poor road conditions are often cited as a contributing factor in car accidents resulting in serious injuries. Following some simple safety precautions during inclement weather can help ensure that you and your passengers safely reach your destination.
Driving in Rain and Fog
Rain and fog can present serious hazards for drivers on Florida’s interstates and highways. Summer downpours and mist can have a major impact on visibility, making it difficult to see stopped cars, congested traffic, or other road obstacles that may be right in your path. Oftentimes, inclement weather can come on abruptly – one minute, it’s sunny, and the next, it’s pouring rain. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles advises motorists to be prepared for the unexpected by knowing the proper safety procedures for driving in rain and fog. These include:
- Drive with low beams. High beams reflect off the fog decreasing your visibility and cause glare for other drivers.
- Slow down. Driving too fast for conditions is a major cause of car accidents
- Watch for slow moving or stopped vehicles.
- Reduce distractions such as the radio or your cell phone. Give the road your full attention.
- If you can possibly avoid it, don’t stop on a major highway or interstate. You’ll be putting yourself, and others, at risk for a multi car pile-up.
Be patient with yourself and other drivers. The extra time it takes to reach your destination is well worth it to prevent an accident.
Driving During Severe Weather
During hurricane season, it’s important to know when major storms are brewing. Stay aware of weather forecasts and tune into local news for reports on conditions. If at all possible, stay put during storms, rather than venture out onto dangerous or flooded roads. If you do have to travel, follow the above safety tips. In the event of a major storm, follow these hurricane evacuation tips from the Florida Highway Patrol:
- Make sure your vehicle is full of gas before a storm hits. Gas lines get long during an evacuation, and fuel may be scarce after the storm.
- Have a supply of food and water for each person traveling with you.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Avoid long lines by leaving early.
- Be sure you have emergency cash on hand.
- Plan a specific evacuation destination before a storm hits, as well as the best route to get there.
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