A glance out of my window and it’s looking pretty gloomy outside. My walk from the car park into work was greeted with rain. I would say this is a sign that winter is coming but then when did we ever have a summer?
Grievances with the British weather aside, I thought it would be worthwhile reminding ourselves about how we need to adjust our approach to driving in winter conditions. We’ve previously written about driving in the snow and in floods so I thought, appropriately given today’s weather, that I write about driving in the rain.
The Think! Road Safety Website has some great advice for driving in the rain. I have summarized their top tips below…
- Hail and rain can reduce visibility and it can therefore be difficult to see and be seen. Use dipped headlights and reduce your speed.
- In wet weather the stopping distance will be at least double compared to stopping on dry roads. Make sure you keep extra distance between yourself and the car in front.
- If steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means the water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually. On this point I’d say be very extra careful driving on motorways. I know from my experience of driving on the M4 that the water can often settle around the central reservation and it can be easy to lose control as your right side gets caught in large puddles at high speeds.
- I would also advise being careful when overtaking in wet conditions, especially overtaking lorries on the motorway as the spray they kick back can particularly impair visibility.
The Think! Road Safety Website also advises on driving in other hazardous conditions as well as how to prepare your car for winter conditions. Your safety is paramount so please drive carefully!