When it starts to get rainy in Florida, it can cause a number of unexpected road hazards. Drivers should practice being more cautious and safe when going out in the rain. In order to do so, they should be informed about some specific safe driving practices.
For example, when the surface of the road is wet, it becomes possible to skid when braking at high speeds. AAA advises that when a car begins to skid, the driver should avoid slamming on the brakes. Instead, the driver should steer the vehicle in the direction he or she wants the car to go, letting the car roll and pumping the brakes if necessary to slow down.
Hydroplaning is a real hazard when going over puddles as well, and can be avoided by slowing down, especially for sharp turns. Giving some extra following distance between the vehicle ahead is another important extra measure to reduce the risk of an accident resulting from skidding or hydroplaning.
State Farm also provides some helpful tips about prepping a vehicle for the rain. When driving in a rainy environment, it is always a good idea to have newer tires and windshield wiper blades. Normally drivers know to turn on their headlights after the sun goes down; however, it is a good idea to switch them on when visibility conditions are poor, such as during a heavy rainstorm.
Perhaps the most important thing for drivers to remember is to stay as alert as possible in the rain in order to best implement the above advice. While most people drive subconsciously when the weather is nice, the fact is that it is much safer to slow down and exercise increased caution in the rain.