Florida is known as the Sunshine State; however, our state receives a great deal of rainfall each year. In fact, Florida is one of the top five states in annual precipitation. Melbourne, Florida receives an average of 52 inches of rain per year. This rainfall is often accompanied by strong winds, lightning, standing water and sometimes hail. With all the rain and thunderstorms in Florida comes an increased risk of a Melbourne car accident caused by bad weather, high winds and floodwater.
The Florida Highway Patrol offers motorists tips for driving in rainy weather:
- Stay Put: Florida storms are most often violent and brief. Avoid driving in them. Either wait until a storm has eased to head out to your destination, or pull over to the side of the road and wait out a storm. Also, watch for fallen debris in the aftermath of a storm.
- Slow Down: Decrease your speed following a storm. Watch for standing water and beware of the dangers of hydroplaning.
- Buckle up: Always wear your seat belt.
- Beware of high winds: Winds can make a vehicle handle poorly. High-profile vehicles such as buses, trucks and SUVs, may have a particularly difficult time.
- Don't Drive Through Standing Water - Turn Around: Never drive into standing water or attempt to drive through a flooded area. The area of road beneath the water may be washed out or conceal debris, such as tree branches or power lines.
- Pay Attention: Intersection lights may not be functioning properly. Debris may be on the roadway. Disabled vehicles or other unexpected roadblocks may present unique challenges when it comes to driving in a storm's aftermath.