Although Florida is famous for its countless sunny days, the state also endures harsh thunderstorms from late spring to early fall. Central Florida experiences more lightning strikes than any other region in the United States, and overall, Florida has some of the highest levels of precipitation compared to other states.

The Increased Dangers Of Driving In The Rain

Florida is the third most dangerous state for driving. In 2021, there were over 400,000 vehicle accidents in the state. While not all of these events were caused by rain, many were. Rain has been shown to cause 10% of all automobile collisions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wet pavement causes 70% of weather-related vehicle accidents, and rain accounts for 46% of those incidents. Every year in the United States, on average, more than 6,000 people lose their lives and 446,000 people are injured as a result of weather-related automobile accidents.

Rain-Related Car Accidents

Rain and wet roads make driving conditions more hazardous and lead to an increased risk of having an accident especially due to the potential of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when a vehicle’s tires rapidly lose contact with the road while driving in heavy rain. Sudden movements and speeding up too quickly can cause this, which increases the risk of getting into an accident. To lower the chances of hydroplaning, it’s crucial to drive slowly during wet weather conditions and make gradual lane changes.

Limited visibility is one more hazard of driving in the rain. Between the water on your windshield and decreased seeing distance, it can be tough to stay safe on the road. Make sure you turn on your headlights and use your wipers when the rain starts falling, as well as keep an eye out for other drivers around you.

Rain-Related Crashes And Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are fun vehicles, but the fact remains that they come with a high risk of danger, especially on wet roads. Even light rain can create hazardous conditions for motorcyclists. Because bikers don’t have the same level of protection as people in cars do, they’re more susceptible to injuries if they get into an accident. In fact, motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely than car drivers to die in an accident. And when you add wet roads into the equation, the risks go up even higher.

Motorcyclists may encounter a number of problems when it rains, including decreased traction, increased braking distances, hydroplaning, underwater road dangers and obstructions, and reduced visibility.

Tips On How To Avoid Rain Related Accidents

The next time you find yourself driving in a storm, try these tips to stay safe:

  • Drive slowly and carefully – Speeding is one of the primary causes of accidents. It becomes even more dangerous when driving on wet roads.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas – Only six inches of flowing water can cause your car to lose control, and two feet is enough to sweep away most vehicles.
  • Don’t be a reckless and aggressive driver – Be patient and courteous with other drivers on the road.
  • Don’t tailgate – When the roads are wet, it is vital to remember to leave extra space between you and the car in front of you so that if you need to brake, you have enough time.
  • Use your wipers and headlights – To stay safe on the road in rainy weather, always use your windshield wipers and turn on your headlights.
  • Be aware of motorcycle riders – Motorcycles are not as easily visible on the road, and they are especially prone to accidents in wet weather conditions.
  • If your automobile begins to hydroplane – instead of hitting the brake, you should slowly reduce the gas to reduce speed. Once you’ve reclaimed control of your car, reduce your speed and drive carefully.

Safety Tips For Motorcycles

If you live in Florida, it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll ride your motorcycle in the rain at some point. While this isn’t ideal, there are some things you can do to stay safe.

Always Be Prepared Before Getting On The Road

The best way to stay safe on a motorcycle is to be prepared before starting your engine. Make sure your bike is in good working order before you ride. Check your lights, tires, and brakes to ensure they’re all in good condition. Check the weather forecast before you head out and avoid riding if inclement weather is coming.

Wear The Proper Riding Gear

The best way to stay protected on a motorcycle is by wearing the right gear, including both defensive and weather-appropriate clothing. You should always have a DOT-approved helmet, as well as gloves, boots, and a jacket while riding.

Wearing clothing that will keep you dry and visible is also crucial. Choose brightly colored items that will make you more visible, and consider adding reflective strips to your gear. You could also want to invest in a rain jacket and rain pants.

Other Important Tips For Motorcyclists

Remember that you’re sharing the road with other cars, and not all of them will be as cautious as they should be. Expect other drivers to make abrupt stops or turns that may cause an accident, leave plenty of space to stop, and always use your turn signals.

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