Rain on Palm TreesLike the rest of Florida, Ocala sees its fair share of wet weather. The average rainfall in the city is 7.4 inches on average each June, according to U.S. Climate Data. June also happens to be the month that the city gets the most rain, on average.

Whenever rainy weather approaches, it causes adverse road conditions. Your chances of accidents or car problems increase during bad weather.

These elevated risks could also impact your car insurance. If you get involved in a wreck during rainy conditions, you might have to file an insurance claim. Depending on whether you're deemed to be at-fault in the incident, you could face increased car insurance rates.

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Protecting Your Car In Rainy Weather

Rain doesn't only raise the risks of car accidents. It can also cause vehicle damage all by itself. As such, preparing your vehicle for a rainy season serves dual purposes. You can reduce your risks of an accident and also protect the vehicle from residual water damage.

Before you take your car out in the rain, it's usually a good idea to make sure it is safe to do so. Follow these tips:

  • Check the weather. Heavy precipitation can lead to flash flooding. Water accumulation on the roads can disable cars or trap drivers who try to drive through them. If conditions are dangerous, it is best to stay home until the situation changes.
  • Always keep your tires in good shape. Strong tires help you control your vehicle, and they keep it from losing traction on the road. If your tires don't function correctly, you could lose control of your vehicle on slick and wet surfaces. Make sure your tires have the correct air pressure. Also check the treads on the tires to make sure they have not disintegrated with use.
  • Inspect the car's windshield and wipers. Well-functioning wiper blades help you maintain visibility on the road. A strong windshield protects visibility but also keeps water out of the vehicle. Check your windshield and other windows for any signs of breaks or leaks. By doing so, you can prevent water damages.
  • Make sure the car's headlights and taillights are working properly. Florida law requires drivers to use their driving lights during rain.
  • Check the car's battery. As your battery ages, it becomes more susceptible to corrosion and other problems caused by adverse weather. Inspecting your battery can help you catch damage before it leads to a breakdown.
Proper care can help you keep yourself and your vehicle safe when rain threatens Ocala. Be a safe driver, and don't let adverse weather catch you off guard.

Based in Ocala, Ahrens Insurance Agency has coverage customized for the needs of Ocala drivers. Call us at (352) 368-7090 for a free Ocala car insurance quote.

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