Rain can reduce or impair your view of the road, the Nevada Department of Transportation points out. Combined with reduced tire traction on wet roadways, “It’s easy to see that driving in the rain needs to be treated with extra caution.”
Only drive in heavy rain when necessary, Nevada DOT advises, and always leave extra time to safely reach your destination. In addition, be sure to dry the soles of your shoes after getting into your vehicle when it’s raining, because they can slide from the pedals while you’re driving.
Other recommendations include:
- Turn on your headlights to see and be seen.
- Be aware of and avoid flooded areas – never attempt to cross running or flooded water.
- Reduce your speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not rainy conditions.
- Defrost windows before and while driving, if necessary.
- Use your wipers. Many states require their use in rain or snow.
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, leaving more space on wet roads.
- Turn off your cruise control to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
- Brake earlier and with less force than you would in normal driving conditions. Also, slow down when turning.
Finally, if you have difficulty seeing the roadway or other vehicles when it’s raining, pull off the road to a safe location until conditions improve.