The Keys to Conquering Florida’s Scenic Roads

Do you live close to the East Coast? The beaches of Florida make for a great escape. And the best part might just be unlocking the Keys.

Cruise down historic I-95, turning left anytime to access miles of shoreline. If you want to beeline to the southernmost point in the continental United States, put Miami in the rearview mirror and hit Highway 1.

The Overseas Highway snakes for 113 miles until it dead-ends at Key West's Roosevelt Boulevard. Along the way, you'll leapfrog your way from key to key over more than three dozen bridges. At the end of the road, you'll be closer to Havana than you are to Miami.

But there's one drawback to Florida adventure: the rainstorms. Some residents swear you can set your watch by them, but if you aren't used to the state's tropical deluges, they can dampen your vacation plans -- literally. That means hydroplaning is an ever-present risk, so you'll need tires that can carve their way through puddly highways.

The first step: making sure your tires have adequate tread depth. The deeper a tire's tread is, the more easily it will grip the road and provide predictable performance. Once tires are down to 4/32 of an inch, they're prone to begin hydroplaning at lower speeds.

The Sunshine State isn’t always sunny, but even a rainy journey can be fun if you’re riding the right tires.

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