As we’re all well aware, the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable at times, so if you’re a driver you will have probably experienced driving in a whole range of weather conditions, but as of late we’ve been subjected to mostly wet weather.
The most common and likely weather condition in the UK that drivers will experience is heavy rain.
Below are some driving tips for driving safely in wet weather:
Always try and leave more space than usual between you and the car in front as stopping distance becomes significantly less in wet weather.
As much as it can be tempting at times, always try your best not to splash pedestrians or cyclists.
Drive slowly if visibility is impaired by the rain and watch out for large puddles as they may be deeper than they appear and you never know what they could be hiding.
If a puddle looks too large to drive through, don’t risk passing through it, try and find another suitable route, you could end up aquaplaning if travelling at speed.
Aquaplaning occurs when a layer of water builds up between the tires of a vehicle and the road surface, which in turn leads to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding, it effectively becomes uncontrollable, similar to being on ice.
Flooding of roads is very common in heavy rainfall in the UK and can cause disruption on the roads due to road closure. During heavy rainfall, always try and keep up with local radio or news so you can change your route accordingly if needed.