Prepare Your Vehicle

Before the rain starts, motorists are encouraged to get their vehicle prepared ahead of time. Staying on top of car maintenance can save a life.

  • Check the pressure of your tires and make sure they have good traction.
  • Check your headlights, tail lights, brake lights and signal lights to make sure they are all working.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and functioning properly.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.
Car driving on slick pavement

Rain is blamed for thousands of accidents each year. When the road is wet, especially after a few weeks of dry weather, the film caused by dirt, grease and oil mixes with the rain and causes asphalt to become slick. The rain eventually will wash this away, but the first few hours can be dangerous. Many of these accidents can be prevented by reducing speed and taking extra caution while driving.

Wet Weather Driving Tips

  • Don't text or read email while driving.
  • Slow down, this increases your traction, since more of your tire will touch the pavement.
  • Turn your headlights on - it is the law in California, when using your windshield wipers in rain, mist, snow or fog.
  • Allow more travel time.
  • Brake earlier.
  • Don’t use cruise control.
  • Watch out for pedestrians.
  • If it’s raining so hard that you can’t see the road in front of you, pull over and wait it out.
  • If you come across deep standing water, STOP! Turn around and go the other direction.
  • Keep a safe distance to the vehicles in front of you.
  • Defog your windows.
  • If you start to hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly, or turn the wheel. Release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until you regain traction. One your tires regain traction, then apply your brakes.

Drive Safe!