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Wet weather driving tips. 25/07/13


Now that many parts of the UK are experiencing heavy rain and thunderstorms, now is a good time to refresh your memory with regard to the driving techniques necessary to stay safe in wet weather.

The key difference between driving on a dry road and driving on a wet road is that surface water dramatically reduces the amount of grip available for your tyres.

This means that the distance that you would normally need to stop your car is effectively doubled.

This and other problems such as flooding require extra precautions to be taken to avoid putting yourself and your passengers in danger.

  • Keep extra distance between you and the vehicle in front to enable you to stop safely in an emergency

  • If your steering becomes unresponsive, reduce your speed gradually until control is returned

  • If rain or spray is affecting your visibility, once again reduce your speed and keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front

  • Be aware that diesel spilt on the road can make the road surface slippery

  • Look out for and take extra care when manoeuvring near pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles and horse riders

  • Take extreme care if you encounter flooded areas of road. Slow right down and if you suspect the water is too deep then turn around when safe to do so and find an alternative route

More advice can be found here for driving in wet weather and here for driving in floods.



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