LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Navigating roads in heavy rains is a daunting experience for any driver. So too is the possibility of high water and flash flooding in low-lying areas, as 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and 1 foot of moving water can sweep away a vehicle according to ready.gov.
GEICO reminds drivers to avoid driving through unknown puddles. It’s safer to turn around and find a different route.
If you don’t see the painted lines, don’t drive through.
If caught in heavy rain, remember to:
- Turn on your headlamps – Simply turning on your headlamps makes your vehicle more visible.
- Reduce your speed – Reducing your speed lessens the chances of hydroplaning. Should you hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the accelerator. Don’t apply the brakes or turn the steering wheel. A rotating tire has traction; a sliding one does not.
- Maintain a safe distance – Increasing the space between the vehicle ahead reduces the chances of a collision.
- Avoid high water – Not only may it save your car from damage, but it may also save your life.
If time permits before the next rainstorm:
- Check your wiper blades – Regular use takes its toll on wiper blades. Streaks left on the windshield might mean it’s time to replace your wiper blades.
- Check your tires – Worn tires, combined with oils from the road, make it easy to lose traction and slide. Tire tread patterns are designed to do different tasks depending on your driving needs, and one of its primary functions is pushing water out and away from the tire.
If you have a loss, please report it as quickly as possible, using GEICO Mobile. You can visit our website or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day. Learn about GEICO’s Catastrophe Response Team and how we service severe storms. Please click the links for more detailed information on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready.
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