1:00 AM 14th October 2023
Top Tips For Driving During Wet Weather
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As the Met Office issues a yellow flood warning across the country, driving conditions are set to change with the arrival of unstable and potentially torrential weather. This can present many hazards for drivers and pose significant risks, as statistics show that 90% of weather-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads take place in the rain.
With this in mind, DriveElectric have supplied a helpful guide to assist drivers in navigating storm-like conditions when taking to the roads, as well as how to stay safe when driving during relentless weather.
How to drive safely during a storm:
Check The Weather Forecast
- Before you even start your trip, check the weather forecast to be aware of any impending storms. If the conditions are severe, consider postponing your trip if possible.
- Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle in the unlikely event you get stranded during the storm. Be sure to include some warm, waterproof clothing, extra food and drink, as well as a good quality torch to help with visibility for when you leave your vehicle.
Prepare Your Vehicle
- Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, and windshield wipers. Make sure your vehicle has enough fuel.
- Reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Wet or icy roads reduce traction and increase braking distance, so leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Turn on your headlights, even during the daytime. This increases your visibility to other drivers. Dipped headlights will improve visibility in bad weather conditions such as heavy rain and fog.
Stay In Your Lane
- Avoid sudden lane changes and erratic manoeuvres. Stick to your lane to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
Avoid Flooded Roads
- Never attempt to drive through flooded roads. It can be extremely dangerous, as floodwaters can sweep your vehicle away.
Use Proper Signalling
- Use your turn signals well in advance, and signal your intentions clearly to other drivers.
- If you need to brake, do so gently and gradually to avoid skidding. If you start to skid or slide, remain calm. Steer in the direction you want to go, and avoid overcorrecting.
- Minimise distractions in the car. Avoid using your phone and stay focused on the road.
Drive With Caution After The Storm
- Even after the storm has passed, road conditions can remain hazardous due to debris, fallen branches, and flooding. Exercise caution until it's clear that the roads are safe.
Remember that your safety and the safety of others on the road should always be your top priority. If conditions become too dangerous, find a safe place to pull over and wait until the storm passes. It's better to delay your trip than to risk an accident.
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