Safety Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain
- If you must drive in the rain, drive slowly and steadily. Pull over and stop if it is raining so hard that you cannot see.
- Do not drive through floodwaters.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
- One foot of water will float most vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles – including SUVs and pickups.
- Stay off your cell phones while driving.
Safety Tips for Walking or Cycling on Urban Trails
- When rain is falling, it’s best not to walk or bike near a river or stream, even on urban bike and walking trails; water flow can quickly increase and flooding can occur without notice.
- Move to higher ground and never go into a culvert! If you are on a streamside trail during a rainstorm use the alternate trail up to street level to avoid underpasses and culverts.
- Never take shelter in a culvert, under a bridge, or in an enclosed space, especially in low elevations by rivers and streams. Always go to higher ground out of the flow of water.
- If lightning is present, do not stand under or near an isolated tree or group of trees.