Rain, Rain, Go Away

Plan ahead and prepare for the rainy, wet conditions!


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

On campus: 

  • 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.