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Jun 11, 2024

5 Safety Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

Summertime Doesn’t Only Bring Sunshine and Blue Skies

While we’re all excited for the beautiful weather that comes with the summer season, we can’t forget about the unfavorable weather. Travel can be quite difficult in heavy rain and those who must be on the roads should proceed with caution to ensure they make it to their destination safely. Keep reading for 5 helpful tips to keep you safe while driving in heavy rainstorms this summer.

  1. Take Your Time

The first and perhaps most important thing is to slow down. Sure, you might arrive a few minutes late to your destination, but arriving safely is more important than being on time. If you know you will be traveling during potentially hazardous weather conditions, consider leaving at least 15 minutes early or more, depending on the distance you’re going. Doing this will help to ensure you aren’t late and will alleviate your stress about rushing to get there.

  1. Make Sure Your Headlights Are On

New York State Law requires you to turn on your headlights, even during the day, any time that you must use your windshield wipers for visibility. In fact, the law states that is true when it is foggy, snowing, sleeting, and of course, if it is raining. Doing so makes your car easier for others on the road to see you. It is important to get to know the car you are driving before you hit the road as not all vehicles have headlights that automatically turn on when your wipers do. 

  1. Leave Space Between Cars

Braking can be difficult when you are driving on wet roads, so leaving space between your car and the one in front of you is imperative. Heavy rain decreases visibility, so giving more space provides you with more time to react should the car in front of you brake suddenly or crash. 

  1. Avoid Driving Through Standing Water

Heavy rain brings along the possibility of standing water on roads. Driving through water can not only damage your vehicle, but it can also be quite dangerous. If you see water covering the road ahead of you, it might be a good choice to take an alternate route or to slow down and carefully assess the situation. If you absolutely must pass over water and feel it is safe to do so, you should go as slow as possible and choose the highest point in the road to pass over because the water likely will be the shallowest there. 

  1. Know What to do if you Hydroplane

Hydroplaning, a dangerous driving condition that can happen at any speed, occurs when a vehicle's tires lose contact with the road surface and no longer have traction. The first thing to do when this happens is stay calm. If you feel your car starting to hydroplane, let off the gas and gently steer towards the direction you want to go. It is very important not to swerve or brake heavily when this happens as it can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. A good way to avoid hydroplaning is to drive slowly, especially if you can see rain on the road.


Following these safety tips will set you up for success while driving in heavy rain this summer. However, no matter how careful and prepared we are, accidents can still happen. Click the button below to learn more about how you can protect your vehicle and yourself in any traveling condition.