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How to stay safe on your commute during severe weather

ESTERO, Fla. — As storms move through Southwest Florida Monday, April 19, drivers are being urged to use extreme caution to avoid causing a crash.

Officials with Estero Fire Rescue are urging motorists to give themselves extra time on their commute and slow down.

Rain can make roads slick, so be sure to give yourself plenty of stopping space between you and other vehicles.

In Florida, it’s the law to turn your headlights on in the rain.

Florida law prohibits driving with flashing hazard lights. Hazard lights can only be used when the vehicle is legally stopped or disabled on the side of the road — or funeral processions.

If you are unable to see well enough to drive, pull off to a safe location and wait for the weather to improve.

Don’t try to drive through flooded areas, no matter how familiar you may be with the road. The area underwater may be washed out or could conceal debris or power lines, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Monday’s storms could cause high winds, so be extra cautious when driving around buses, trucks and vehicles carrying cargo. Keep a firm grip on your wheel if you experience strong winds and give big vehicles extra room to maneuver.

If you come across a traffic light that has gone dark, treat the intersection as a four-way stop sign. If a law enforcement officer is conducting traffic, follow their signals.

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