Why is it more Dangerous to Drive in Rain?

The main reasons why driving in rain can be more dangerous than driving in dry conditions are:

  • Pavements become more slippery as soon as it starts to rain
  • It takes longer to stop on a wet pavement
  • Water on the road can cause your vehicle to hydroplane
  • Rain can make it harder for you to clearly see the road ahead
  • You become less visible to other road users

Improving visibility by turning on your low beam headlights (never use high beams in fog or rain) and adjust your speed.

In a heavy downpour, you should be aware that water on the road can hide potholes and debris. If you drive too fast for conditions, you can easily lose control of your vehicle.

You should also be aware that driving too fast on a wet roadway may cause your vehicle to hydroplane or skid. Always use your brakes lightly on a wet roadway.

Learn more about Driving in Rain for Your DMV Test:

  What Does the “Slippery When Wet” Sign Mean?

  DMV Questions About Driving In Rain

  When Should You Use Low Beam Headlights?

1 thought on “Why is it more Dangerous to Drive in Rain?”

  1. You should also remember that water on the roadway creates reflections and glare that can strain your eyes and make you tired (especially at night). Stop and rest if you find it difficult to drive in rain.


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