Boca Raton Drivers at Increased Risk of Traffic Crashes in Smoke, Fog, Rain

You never know what you’re going to get when you get behind the wheel here in Florida.

The weather could be clear, you could run into a downpour or you could even drive through heavy smoke or fog. With the unpredictability, you need to be ready! That’s why officials with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) are pushing a new safety campaign — “When Visibility is Low, Drive Slow!”

Throughout this campaign, officials with the DHSMV will be working alongside those with the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys are asking you to join the cause, too! There are a heap of dangers that we could run into along our roadways at any second. It’s important that we’re always prepared. When we run into low-visibility conditions while driving, one of the most important things that we can do is slow down!

Low-Visibility Safe Driving Tips:

-Whenever you run into low-visibility conditions, slow down smoothly. You should never slam on your brakes. This increases your risks of getting into a rear-end collision.

-Avoid turning on your high-beam lights. When you do this, you’re only going to reflect the light off of the smoke/fog/rain and back at yourself. Drive with your low-beam lights on in these conditions.

-If you can’t see and you feel the need to stop, go ahead and do so! Make sure you pull far off to the side of the road and flip on your emergency hazard lights. This will help passing drivers to see you.

-If you notice a hazard on our roadways, you’re urged to contact local law enforcement officers or call 9-1-1. Your call could help to save lives. Officers can shut down dangerous streets and can help to clean up and respond to accidents.

-Be sure to check the traffic, weather and road conditions before heading out. Call 5-1-1 before departing. Preparation is key in preventing car accidents.

“The agencies want every motorists to be aware of the dangers involved with weather events that affect our roadways and how fast those events can occur,” said Col. David Brierton with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officials with The Weather Channel also urge that you use your windshield wipers and your defroster when needed to help to maximize visibility. You’re also urged to use the right edge of the road or the painted road markings as a guide. You want to make sure you stay in your lane of travel and avoid drifting into others. If your visibility is hindered, you can roll down your window a little bit so that you can hear the traffic around you, too. You should avoid passing during these times as well. Be safe, be cautious and be courteous out there!