GEICO's tips to navigate heavy rain and high water

HOUSTON, T.X., May 10, 2019 – Navigating roads in heavy rains can be a daunting experience for any driver. Compound this by several days of rain, and you can add the possibility of high water and flash flooding in low-lying areas. GEICO wants to remind you to avoid the temptation to drive through unknown puddles. It's safer to turn around and find a different route. If you don't see the painted lines, don't drive through. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down, and a foot can sweep away a vehicle, according to Ready.gov.

Remember, if you are caught in heavy rain:

  • Turn on your headlamps – Simply turning on your headlamps makes you more visible to others.
  • Reduce your speed – Reducing your speed lessens the chances of hydroplaning. Should you hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the accelerator. Don't apply the brakes abruptly or turn the steering wheel. A rotating tire has traction; a sliding one does not.
  • Maintain a safe distance – Increasing the distance you would typically have between the vehicle ahead reduces the chance of a collision.
  • Avoid driving through high water – It may not only save your car from serious damage but it may also save your life.

If time permits before the next rainstorm:

  • Check your wiper blades –Daily use, bugs, frost, and salt on your windshield take their toll on wiper blades. One indicator that wipers need to be replaced is streaks left on the windshield.
  • Check your tires – Oils from the wet road and worn tires make it easy to lose traction and slide. Tire tread patterns are designed to do different tasks depending on your driving needs, and one of the main functions is pushing water out and away from the tire.

If you have a loss, please report it as quickly as possible, using GEICO Mobile. Log in at GEICO.com or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day. Learn about GEICO's Catastrophe Response Team and how we service severe storms. Please click the links for more detailed information on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.