Driving in the rain tips
Driving in the rain tips


Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive slower in rainy weather than you would in safe driving conditions, and try to avoid driving through large puddles and deep standing or flowing water.

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Wet brakes can cause crashes. They might not work as well in a quick stop and could cause the vehicle to pull to one side, causing you to lose control of the vehicle. After driving through a large puddle of water or a car wash, lightly apply the brake pedal until the brakes work normally.

Flowing or rushing water creates strong forces. Driving through flowing water could cause the vehicle to be carried away. If this happens, you and other vehicle occupants could drown. Do not ignore police warnings and be very cautious about trying to drive through flowing water.


Hydroplaning is dangerous and can seriously impede driving safety. When the vehicle is hydroplaning, it has little or no contact with the road. Water can build up under the vehicle’s tires so they actually ride on the water. This can happen if the road is wet and you are going too fast. There is no hard-and-fast rule for dealing with hydroplaning. The best advice is to slow down when the road is wet.

General Tips for Driving in the Rain

Besides slowing down, other wet-weather driving tips include:

  • Allow extra following distance
  • Pass with caution
  • Keep windshield wipers in good shape
  • Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir filled
  • Have good tires with proper tread depth
  • Turn off cruise control

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