Posted on 23rd Jan, 2014 by Jonathan Peach
Driving in wet weather conditions can be dangerous, but you have a good chance of staying safe if you prepare in advance and follow our road safety tips:
Avoid Car Journeys
1. When weather conditions are at its worst avoid car journeys if you can – especially in areas that are prone to flooding.
Check Your Tyres
2. Always check your tyres before starting a journey. Check your air pressure and tread depth.
Check Local Traffic Reports
3. Prior to starting your journey check live, local and national traffic reports to ensure your route is clear.
4. If you need to drive, drive slowly. Move slowly in first gear, keeping the engine speed high by slipping the clutch.
Don’t Ignore Flood Warning Signs
5. If a road is closed or there is a diversion in place – don’t ignore the warning signs.
6. Many modern cars’ electrical systems are now underneath the car. Don’t risk writing-off your car – avoid driving through water that is more than 3 inches deep.
7. More than often, floodwater is deeper than it looks and tends to move rather rapidly. You run the risk of being swept away or becoming stranded.
Keep Your Distance
8. Driving in wet weather conditions demands gentle use of your car controls such as your steering, clutch, brake and accelerator.
If The Rain Becomes Too Heavy, STOP!
9. Heavy rain reduces your visibility and can overload wiper blades resulting in a continuous sheet of water flow over the windscreen. When visibility is limited, it is time to pull over.
Dry Your Brakes
10. Finally, remember to check your brakes once you’ve driven through flooded roads. If flood water is deep enough to get your brake shoes wet, applying the brakes lightly will help dry them out.
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