Driving in Low Visibility Conditions in Puerto Rico

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Driving in fog
Driving in rain
Wrapping up


Driving in fog

Puerto Rico does not have a lot of fog but it does occur there occasionally. This can make driving in the fog more treacherous because yourself and other drivers likely will not have much experience driving in foggy conditions when they do occur. That’s why it benefits you to know how to keep safety at a maximum when you drive through the fog in Puerto Rico. So, in order to keep things safe when driving through the fog in Puerto Rico:

  1. Maximize your ability to see through your windshield by using your windshield wipers and defoggers simultaneously.
  2. Do not follow another vehicle too close or even at a normal distance. Give yourself extra space between your car and the car that is front of you. It can be much harder to judge distances in foggy conditions, especially at night.
  3. Use fog lights if you happen to have them. If you do not, just make sure that your regular headlights are on. Do not use your brights because they can cause a reflection on the fog ahead which can reduce visibility even further and they can also momentarily blind other drivers on the opposite side of traffic.
  4. Stay out of the left lane and drive at least a few miles under the speed limit for that posted road.
  5. Do your best not to do anything sudden like stopping-short or turning without signaling.


Driving in rain

Driving in the rain can be more dangerous than driving in foggy conditions because on top of decreasing visibility the rain will decrease maneuverability as well.

  • Keep your windshield wipers on at the appropriate speed depending on the severity of the rain as you are driving. Keeping them on at a speed which is too slow or too fast can both negatively impact your ability to see out of your windshield.
  • Being properly prepared for driving in the rain will help increase your overall visibility. You can do this by replacing your windshield wiper blades every six to nine months. You should also ensure that you keep your windshield clean at all times in order to get the most out of your wiper blades.
  • Rainy weather can also easily cause your windshield to fog up. To prevent this, you should use an anti-fog spray on the inside of your windshield. If you are driving through the rain and your windshield has already begun to fog up, you can react by using your defoggers.
  • You can minimize the amount of rain water that sticks to your windshield by using rain-repellent products on the outside of your windshield to help rainwater bead and roll off.
  • Finally, ensure that you stay as visible as possible in the rain in Puerto Rico as well. Always turn your headlights on, not only when it is raining but in any overcast or potentially rainy situations.
  • In addition to maximizing visibility, always be ready for the rain with all-weather tires. These tires have much better treads on them which are much more suitable for gripping the road and giving you the right amount of traction in slippery road conditions.


Wrapping up

Fortunately, you will not have to drive in low visibility conditions in Puerto Rico often at all. Fog is rare, and it rains a bit less there than many places. However, this means that other drivers will not have much experience driving in these conditions and you likely will not either. So, it is best to be prepared to drive in low visibility conditions no matter what. Always use your headlights in low visibility, if your window fogs up use your windshield wipers in conjunction with your defoggers to lessen or eliminate the effect, replace your wiper blades when appropriate and always drive slowly with extra space in front of you.

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