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How To Drive Safe In Strong Wind And Rain

While Florida is typically known for its sunny weather, it isn’t all sunshine here. In fact, you may find yourself having to drive through strong winds and heavy rain sometimes. Traveling in that kind of weather can be downright scary.

Heavy Winds

While wind may seem like just a minor risk, but drivers should take special consideration when this weather condition is around. You should be especially careful in wide open areas including highway overpasses and tunnels. With the following tips, you can keep yourself safe on those windy days:

Anticipate gusts – When the weather report predicts severe weather or are in areas that are prone to strong winds, take extra caution while driving.

Be aware of larger vehicles – During high winds, keep an eye out for larger vehicles, such as tractor trailers and recreational vehicles. These tend to be more susceptible to high winds and can make it hard for the drivers to stay in their lanes.

Keep a firm grip on the wheel – When there are high winds about, you need to keep both of your hands on the wheel in case the wind tries to move your vehicle, especially if you happen to be driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

Heavy Rain

Not only does heavy rain cause poor visibility, but drivers will need to be ready to protect themselves from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when a vehicle is traveling too quickly in heavy rain and the water reduces the grip your tires have on the road. This can make driving very dangerous as the slippery water can cause you to slip and slide around on the road. Even the brakes can have trouble functioning properly in these kind of conditions.

Slow down and take your time – The best and only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning is for you to drive slowly and carefully. If it is possible to wait a few minutes after the heavy rain starts to die down, we’d recommend doing so.

Turn your lights on – Heavy rain makes it hard to see anything on the road including your vehicle. With your lights on, it can help other drivers spot you on the road.

Give other vehicles more space – With the slippery conditions of the road, a little extra space can give you the extra seconds and space needed to react if another vehicle starts losing control.

Unfortunately, even when you do your best to be safe, accidents can still occur.

However, if your accident was due to the negligence or actions of another driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

Accidents are stressful, traumatic, and costly for all involved. The last you should have to worry about after an accident is the medical bills, repair costs, and any wages you may have lost during your recovery. Here at All Injuries Law, our attorneys have the experience and expertise you need after a car accident.

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