Motoring in rainy weather
With some pretty evil downpours recently, here are some top tips from us about how you can stay safe and sound when motoring in rainy weather.
- Make sure you check the weather forecast beforehand so you can plan your trip properly. If there’s no choice other than driving, use main roads, where possible, which are not as likely to get flooded.
- Check your lights and windscreen wiper blades are working correctly. You will need to use your car’s dipped headlights if visibility is reduced, so ensure you check them, too.
- On flooded roads, think twice before heading into deep water, don’t stop in standing water and drive through the highest part of the road very slowly. If there is any doubt at all, don’t enter the water. Once you have managed to drive through it, gives your brakes a try and dry them out as fast as possible – a gentle touch of the brakes whilst still moving slowly should do it.
- Tarmac is more slippery in damp weather – so be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Extend your following gap to a minimum of four seconds from the moving vehicle in front.
- Keep your eyes fixed on the road at all times as fog-like spray from other cars and lorries can quickly reduce your visibility. Remember, spray affects other motorists, too, so think what their actions might be, and be prepared.
Don’t forget, if your tyres begin to lose grip, ease off the throttle, try not to brake, and let the speed naturally lessen until you have proper control of your vehicle again. Driving in rainy weather can be difficult and, with traffic jams and more concentration needed, it can be far more tiring. By allowing further time to stop and increasing your following distance, you can stay safe.