Driving in the rain can add an extra layer of stress, and if you live in Tampa, Florida, you know exactly how frequently this situation can occur. With so many added risks, you must be aware of ways to minimize the chances of a Tampa car accident in the rain. Let us make your driving experience safer in unsavory weather conditions.
The first tip for driving in the rain is just maintenance of your vehicle. Regularly checking your windshield wipers may seem tedious and unnecessary, but it can be a complete lifesaver. Working windshield wipers can distinguish between life and death in heavy rain. When heavy rain is pouring down, your ability to see is crucial. If your wipers are not regularly checked and maintained, you may find yourself in a situation where it is heavily raining, and your wipers begin to fail.
Another aspect of maintenance is checking your lights regularly. We may not always realize how bright our lights are or if they are even working correctly. Also, if your lights are not working in the rain, it is harder for other cars to see you on the road. This increases your chances of being in an accident.
Don’t be afraid to slow down a bit as the rain falls heavily. You may feel peer pressure as cars line up behind you or pass by quickly. However, if you feel unsafe going the speed limit, do not be afraid to go five-under for extra control.
If a stretch of road is lower than ground level, it’s best to try and avoid it during some heavy rain. Rain tends to collect quickly in these lower areas and can look more shallow to the naked eye than it is. Once you get trapped, you take rescue resources away from others who may need more immediate assistance in the storm. If you can, go around!
And finally, do not be afraid to pull over somewhere if the rain is too heavy for you to drive in comfort. A gas station, grocery store, restaurant, etc., can be great places to stop and rest until the storm passes. Remember that even if you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it’s better to be late than to be in an accident trying to make it on time.