Plan ahead and prepare for the rainy, wet conditions!
- Take your time and slow down to avoid hydroplaning. One of the most dangerous times to drive can be soon after it begins to rain. Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. The rain can cause oils on a roadway to rise to the surface and make conditions slick
- Turn your lights on. Turning on your headlights can help you see more clearly and also helps other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.
- Give other vehicles more space. Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you, more time to react in the traffic.
- Dress warm. Wear multiple layers as the rain is in addition to the cold temperatures. Bring an umbrella and wear a raincoat as well.
- Be mindful of where you are walking. Wear non-slip shoes like rain boots or tennis shoes with a large sole.