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When it Rains it Pours!

We have seen extreme amounts of rainfall in the past week. Rain brings new challenges and dangers when driving. No matter how long you have been behind the wheel, here are a few reminders and tips to help you stay safe.

1. Take your time. One of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain. When it first begins to rain, oils that have absorbed into the roadway begin to release, creating extremely slippery roadways. If you are going to be late to work because of the rain, pull over to call your employer or make the call before you begin to drive.

2. Turn your lights on. This helps other drivers perceive you on the roadway. Turning on your lights helps with safety and obeying Florida law. F.S.S. 316.217 requires any vehicle that is not parked to have headlights activated during conditions of rain, smoke, or fog.

3. Distance is your friend. In extreme rainfall stay further back than you normally would. 6-10 seconds is a good starting point depending on how long you have been driving. Since estimating 6-10 seconds isn't always easy, you can always sing the main chorus of the timeless classic, Peanut Butter Jelly Time.

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