Severe weather can happen anytime of the year, but it can change instantly in the summer. You may be driving in light sprinkles or rain, and it will turn to a downpour only a couple miles ahead. Being prepared will help you to remain calm when the weather starts to become severe. Make sure to slow down and maintain a safe speed. Equally as important is to keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front. That way if they slam on the brakes, or visibility becomes poor, you have enough time to adjust your driving. Never drive at a faster speed than you are comfortable at, as it increases the chance of an accident.

Severe weather and the lights

When it starts raining, turn on the headlights immediately. It will become darker when it rains, which will result in poor visibility for not only you, but other drivers as well. The harder it rains, the worse the visibility gets as well. Remember to turn on the windshield wipers as it starts to rain. This clears away the rain so visibility is improved. The harder it rains, the faster the wipers should be set at. In some cases, it may rain so hard visibility is impossible. Pull over where it is safe to do so and wait out the storm. It is also a good idea to turn the hazard lights on, so others will see where the vehicle is.


Another thing to remember is if it rains so hard, the pavement will become wet. This will result in the vehicle having an increased chance of hydroplaning when you drive. There may be a feeling of it swerving or poor handling. Ease up on the speed and make sure to not slam on the brakes. Driving at a slower speed will help to maintain control of the vehicle, even as the roads are wet.