If you live in Miami, you are aware of how fortunate we are to be in a state with generally favorable weather. But because of our city’s year-round pleasant weather, people frequently forget how to drive safely when the weather changes. Whether you are a local or a visitor, it’s crucial to know what to do when driving in less-than-ideal weather conditions. When the weather isn’t sunny and dry, there are a few key guidelines that drivers must abide by:
Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers and Lights Are Turned On
Although it’s the most straightforward and obvious rule on this list for driving in terrible weather, many drivers still don’t adhere to it. Even though it may still be “light” in the middle of the day, if it is raining and you have your windshield wipers on, you should also turn on your headlights. To make sure that your windshield wipers are in good operating order, you should change them at least once a year.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Second to Brake
Because wet roads have less traction, it can take twice as long to use all of your brakes as it would in dry conditions. Wet roads may also result in slipping or hydroplaning. Furthermore, if it’s raining or foggy and you’re going fast, you won’t have as much time as you would normally have to respond to other drivers’ actions that you can’t see up close.
Utilize Your Turn Signal
Although drivers are notorious for failing to use turn signals, it’s crucial to give other cars enough time to respond when turning or changing lanes in order to prevent accidents when the weather is terrible outside.
Avoid Flooded Areas
Avoid driving across significant puddles or on fully submerged roads. In addition to the fact that driving through water can harm your car’s brakes, engine, and electrical system, it also leaves you blind to what’s underneath the water, such as debris and power lines.
You can sometimes follow all of the rules and drive cautiously, yet nevertheless experience injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault. When this happens, contact a Florida car accident attorney who can explain your options, pursue justice, and seek reasonable compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party’s or your own insurance company.
James Piccolino Law, P.A. can combine his unique medical knowledge from years of practicing chiropractic medicine with the legal knowledge to help you seek justice. Visit James Piccolino Law online to request a consultation.