Aside from icy roads, driving on wet roads is probably the most hazardous and trying conditions to drive in.
Today’s tyres are a lot better than those of the past and today we also have safety systems like ABS and Traction Control.
Despite the tech, you still need to use common sense and drive with extra care when the roads are wet.
Richard Gladman is the head of driving standards at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, he has offered these eight tips on staying safe on wet roads:
- Before setting off, check for any weather alerts, traffic updates or planned road closures that may affect your journey. Only travel in extreme adverse weather conditions if it is really necessary.
- Check that your cars headlights and tail lights and windscreen wiper blades are clean and working properly.
- Check your tyre pressures and tread depth to ensure the best possible grip on wet surfaces.
- Plan your route in advance and try to avoid any roads that are prone to flooding, even if it extends your journey.
- Heavy rain often leads to damaged road surfaces and puddles can hide deep potholes – look for clues such as loose chunks of tarmac.
- In heavy rain, don’t forget to switch on your dipped headlights so other motorists can see you easily.
- Reduce your speed when travelling in the rain to decrease your stopping distance. This will also help you pass through large puddles and potholes smoothly, without spraying other road users or risking aquaplaning.
- Torrential rain may interfere with the electrics of a vehicle causing a breakdown. Prepare for the worst by keeping your mobile phone charged and with the number of your breakdown service provider already saved on it.