5 Tips for Wet Weather Driving
Driving on wet roads can test even the most experienced driver. It’s a condition common to the winter months in the UK, and the Met Office warns that our temperate climate is becoming even wetter! Highest rainfall measurements are now 4% higher, and it looks like we’ll be getting more rain in the winters and our summers will be dryer if this trend continues.
Given that more rain’s on its way, we thought that 5 tips for wet weather driving would be timely. When compiling our list, the CVS team also considered the increased risk of flooding and extreme rainfall events. Our thinking is that when the weather changes, our driving behaviour has to change with it.
1. Decrease Your Speed
It’s easy to underestimate how long it takes to brake on wet roads. As a guide, it’s worth remembering that if you’re driving on the motorway your braking distances are going to be double those for dry conditions. It’s also worth taking extra care as you take corners, especially when there’s a build-up of leaves on the road, as your tyres have less grip.
2. Be Alert to Spray
One of the inconveniences of wet weather driving is spray from other cars. It only becomes a major problem if your windscreen wipers aren’t up to the job, or you’re not as alert as you might be. Check the condition of your wipers if you haven’t changed them for a year or more and remove all distractions if you’re driving in wet conditions.
3. Aquaplaning Can Send You into a Spin
If you haven’t come across the term ‘aquaplaning’ it refers to a condition caused by heavy rainfall. Water builds up between the road surface and your tyres which reduces their grip and can send your car into a spin. The first indication you’ll get that anything is wrong is that your steering will become ineffectual, and your car will veer from its intended course.
If you experience lack of control in a downpour, resist the urge to brake. Instead, reduce your acceleration gradually. If the car is in a spin, turn your steering wheel in the opposite direction.
4. Rain Spells Misty Windows
Even if you demist before starting out, rainy winter weather is likely to cause constant misting of your windows, which reduces visibility. This is caused by moisture inside the car – cased by breath and body warmth – hitting windows that are cold and turning to condensation. The simple fix (if you don’t have climate control) is to use your air con system or open a window slightly.
5. Driving on Flooded Roads
Floods are far more common in the UK now that they were just a few years ago. It’s never a good idea to drive on a flooded road, but in some cases it just can’t be avoided. Here are 4 safety tips if you find yourself in a flood situation:
- Reduce your speed but try to keep moving very slowly.
- Be prepared for your car to lose its grip. If it does, slow down and wait to you feel it re-engage.
- If you do have to stop, keep your car revving, unless you’ve broken down.
- If you break down, put your hazard lights on and stay in the car.
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Country Vehicles in Shefford has been providing local garage services across South Bedfordshire since 1995. We’re an independent business delivering MOTs, vehicle servicing, diagnostics, repairs and tyre sales and fitting. One of the advantages of being local is that we get to know our customers well, so pop in and say ‘hello’ if you haven’t already.
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