Driver Safety Tips During Tropical Storm Elsa
As Tropical Storm Elsa passes along the coast of Southwest Florida, there are still feeder bands far from the center of the storm that is producing heavy rain over the region. Flood warnings are in effect over parts of Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Greg Bueno urges motorists to drive cautiously on wet roadways.
Rain and standing water exist throughout Southwest Florida. It is important for motorists to drive as safely as possible during and after rain. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has these tips for driving in heavy rain conditions:
- WATCH OUT for slow-moving vehicles and increase following distance.
- REDUCE THE DISTRACTIONS in your vehicle. Turn off the radio and cell phone. Your full attention is required.
- TURN LIGHTS AND WIPERS ON. Florida law requires that if a vehicle’s wipers are in use, headlights must be on.
- SLOW DOWN. Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles and avoid passing and/or changing lanes. Wet pavement can result in skidding and hydroplaning. Be patient and stay alert.
- TURN AROUND; DON’T DROWN. Never drive through flooded areas.
- SIGNAL TURNS well in advance and brake early as you approach a stop.
- BUCKLE UP every time you get in a vehicle, no matter where you are sitting, buckle up.