Rainy season is here--check out these tips to keep you safe

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It’s springtime in Florida which means—rain--and lots of it.

But it also means more accidents.

It’s projected to rain every single day this week, and the Alachua County Sheriff’s office says they are ready for the calls.

“We all get ready for the crashes once it rains, it can rain for just 5 or 10 minutes and they already come in,” says Sgt. Scott Ulrich, from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

So what can you do to prepare for this rainy weather?

If you’re driving in the rain, turn your headlights on but don’t turn on your hazard lights—it’s illegal here in Florida, and its more dangerous,

“I was off the side of the road with my lights on in a torrential downpour and I had a vehicle hit me while I was standing next to the car at about 80,” says Sgt. Ulrich. “So I can say that I’ve seen it happen when people have been distracted by the (hazard) lights.”

Remember to slow down and keep a longer distance from the car in front of you.

Also, check your tires for wear, you may need new ones.

“With that reduced grip of your tires, you’re susceptible of sliding left, right, forwards, backwards, and we usually do see a car slide off the roadways or hit guardrails,” says Sgt. Ulrich.

After that, all you need is to not forget your umbrella.

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