The great British weather isn’t always perfect. That’s why it’s important to be prepared to drive in wet conditions, as safely as possible. We’ve pulled together ten things that you need to consider before heading out in your vehicle on those damper days.
There are a few things you should do before setting off:
Keep up to date with travel information by tuning into the local radio station. Some vehicles allow you to activate local traffic reports, making it easy to stay up-to-date.
No. Stopping distances double when the roads are wet, meaning you need to be braking earlier than usual, and allowing extra space between you and the vehicle in front. This is also because your tyres have less grip on the road, so they take longer to react.
Use your dipped headlights, so other drivers can see you easily, and avoid your rear fog lights as these can mask your brakes and dazzle drivers behind you.
Naturally your visibility will be affected in rainy conditions, so it is important that you keep your windows clean and clear. You should also make sure your wipers are fully functional – although this is important all year round!
If the water you’re wanting to pass through looks to be more than ankle-deep, don’t drive through it as this can cause major damage to your vehicle.
If your steering feels unresponsive, it is likely that you are aquaplaning – this is when water is preventing your tyres from gripping the road. Harsh braking can cause skidding, so ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually instead.
It would be typical to break down as soon as the heavens have opened! And whilst our vehicles cope well in the rain, the electric system doesn’t. Make sure you keep your bonnet closed until help arrives to prevent any water damage.
It’s sensible to keep a coat and torch in your car at all times in case you do break down, especially in bad weather.