Here’s some useful tips for driving in wet conditions.
One thing that there is no shortage of in this country is rain. We all have had plenty of experience driving in the rain and wet roads. It is important to be aware of how heavy rainfall can make driving difficult and what we can do to keep safe on the roads.
- Spray from other vehicles can reduce visibility so it is important to make sure that your wipers are working well and keep plenty of distance between yourself and other vehicles. Turn your lights on to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
- Wet roads are more slippery so take your time when braking and cornering and keep your driving style smooth and gentle. Some cars are fitted with Electronic Stability Programmes (ESP) which kick in when a car begins to skid to aid control by applying slight braking power to the wheels to counteract sliding.
- Risk of aquaplaning. This happens when your tyres loose their grip on the road because of the layer of water on top. Rather than gripping the road you are skimming over the water and this makes the car difficult to control. In the event of aquaplaning it is best to stay calm and keep a firm hold of your steering wheel, don’t be tempted to brake instead just take your foot off of the accelerator and let the car slow naturally.
- When driving through deep water remember to slow down to crawling speed as there is a risk of water being taken into the engine through the air intake and this could be costly to repair or may even destroy the engine.
To keep it simple the key to driving in wet conditions is to take your time, keep your lights on and avoid the big puddles.