Driving Safely (and Smartly) During Wet Weather

The community needs you more than ever during storms. Safety is always priority #1, but driving in severe weather makes it even more essential. Read up on our tips, then transport passengers with care — whether it’s Grandma headed off to pick up her prescriptions, or your local grocer getting to work.

Give your car a good checkup.


Your passengers rely on you, and you’re relying on your car, so give it some major TLC:

  • Invest in fresh windshield wipers and tires. They lay a rock-solid foundation for safe driving.
  • Get under the hood. Your battery, brakes, and heater are extra-essential during wet weather.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Include the basics, like a first-aid kit and tire-changing tools. Give your kit the Lyft touch by going above and beyond - the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has some stellar suggestions.

Harsh weather requires your car to be in its best shape, both inside and out.

Slow down, and pull over early.


There’s no rush, especially on slick streets. If you’re not confident driving in the current conditions, pull off to the side of the road. Weather changes will pass! Call roadside assistance sooner than later if needed.

Call the Critical Response Line in emergencies.


Seasons come and go, but Lyft is always here for you in case of an accident. Here’s what to do:

  1. Make sure everyone’s okay, and reach out to your local police. They’ll know whether to send backup.
  2. Exchange info with everyone involved, and notify your insurance.
  3. Call Lyft’s Critical Response Line. We’re available 24/7 for emergencies.

In wet weather, Prime Time is common as passenger demand surpasses driver availability. If you feel confident hitting the road, the community will thank you. For your passengers’ sake, we’ll be considerate of charging passengers Prime Time during natural disasters.

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