Safe 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.

Before 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 safer.
  • 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 disruption.
  • 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.

When it's raining

  • 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.

When 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 traffic.
  • Reduce your speed significantly when approaching a flooded section of road to stay in control.
  • Test your brakes after leaving flood water.

Year-round vehicle 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 service soon.