Tips for Driving Safe in the Rain

1. Slow Down

Driving through water at high speed can cause you to lose control, and if the water is particularly high, you could even stall your engine if water splashes into it. After you drive through a puddle, tap your brakes gently a few times to make sure they are working properly.

2. Turn on Your Lights

Rain (and the spray from other vehicles) can significantly lower visibility. Make it easier for other drivers to see you.

3. Give People More Room, and Don’t use Cruise Control

You won’t be able to stop as quickly when the roads are wet – cars need two to three times more stopping distance.

4. Expect Things to be Slick Especially if it Hasn’t Rained for a While

When a fresh rain mixes with engine oil and grease on the road, the combination can produce exceptionally slippery surfaces.

5. Beware of Hydroplaning

At speeds about 35 mph or higher, your front tires actually can be riding on a film of water instead of being in contact with the road. If this happens, steer straight ahead, slow down and apply your brakes gently.