Weathering the wet roads ahead
Goodbye heatwave, hello unstable British weather. As the clouds appear, bringing with them wind and rain, we’ve lined up some tips on how to drive in wet weather.
Driving in the rain – whether it’s a heavy downpour or a sprinkle – can be one of the hardest driving situations to deal with. There’s a direct association between rain and higher accident rates so when you’re heading out on the road in the rain, be sure to stay safe.
Here are our top tips for driving in wet weather:
- Vehicle checks: before you make your trip check your headlights, rear lights and windshield wipers, as well as the tread of your vehicle’s tyres. You’ll want to make sure that your lights and wipers are in good working order to be safe on the roads and balding tyres can reduce traction on wet roads.
- Make sure you’ve got a mobile phone that’s charged up, or a portable phone charging device so that if you encounter any issues you can call for help
Try to make sure you have fuel in your vehicle before you travel as if you get stuck in traffic this will increase your fuel consumption, especially with the lights on, heating on and wipers going.
- Make sure you drive more slowly than usual and ensure you leave more space between you and the vehicle in front – remember that stopping distances will be at least double in wet weather so leave room when you stop
- Look out for the spray from large vehicles which will reduce visibility, try and stay away from these vehicles on larger roads
- Watch out when driving through standing water, avoid these areas completely or go slowly and carefully otherwise you might aquaplane
- If you feel you may be aquaplaning, take your foot off the accelerator, don’t brake and when the speed reduces you should regain control of the steering wheel again
- If you do break down in heavy rain while you’re waiting for help keep the bonnet closed to avoid the electrical system getting wet
Hopefully, these tips will help next time you’re driving in the wet weather on your next journey. To find out how we ensure our Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are up to European Safety Standards, and see our range of adapted vehicles, please click here: https://automotivegroup.co.uk/about/