Driving in Rain & Wet Weather
Heavy rain and flooded roads
are among the most hazardous driving conditions you can encounter. Here are
some top tips to help you stay safe on the road during periods of wet weather.
you set off
- Consider whether or not you actually need to
make the journey now, or if it can wait until the roads are clear and therefore
- Plan your journey in advance and be sure to
check travel news for updates on any areas that have been particularly affected
by flooding, leaving extra time to reach your destination in case of
- Perform a quick maintenance checklist,
looking at windscreen wipers, bulbs, tyres and the heating system.
- Make sure you have a full tank of fuel so you
don't become stranded if a journey takes longer than expected.
- Leave a larger gap between you and the car in
front, as braking distances will increase.
- Slow down before driving through deep puddles
to avoid damaging your vehicle.
- Be aware of other vehicles driving through
puddles and spraying your car with water, which can reduce visibility suddenly.
- Keep your headlights dipped so you don't
dazzle other motorists.
- Should you break down, leave the bonnet
closed to prevent damage to electrical systems.
in flooded areas
- Avoid driving through water if you are unsure
how deep it is.
- If you do pass through a flooded section of
road, try not to stop and only proceed when the opposite lane is clear of
- Reduce your speed significantly when
approaching a flooded section of road to stay in control.
- Test your brakes after leaving flood water.
maintenance is important to keep your car performing at its very best in all
conditions, particularly wet weather.
Contact the experts at
Sturgess Group for more helpful driving guidance and to schedule a seasonal