Whether you have a wealth of driving experience or are new to the road, you must be aware of the implications of various weather conditions and how they influence the handling of your vehicle. Wet weather conditions can be hazardous if not approached with caution. Remember these top tips compiled by the Walsall Wood Tyre & Service team the next time you’re out in the rain!
1. Be aware of increased stopping distances
Wet roads reduce a vehicle’s ability to grip the road efficiently. This decrease in traction increases the chances of accidents, as the handling of the car becomes more difficult. Always exercise caution when driving in wet weather conditions by allowing extra room in which to brake.
2. Maintain visibility
A major factor in road collisions, during wet weather conditions, has to be the driver’s lack of visibility. This can be caused by foggy windows, water on the windscreen and the weather conditions the vehicle is currently exposed to. Be aware of these potentially dangerous issues at all times. Keep windows defogged, use window wipers when necessary and always, always, remain vigilant to the weather around you.
3. Check your vehicle before driving
Conscientious drivers will already check their vehicles regularly to keep on top of any potential issues they may face. In wet weather conditions, these potential issues could become life-threatening. Be sure to check the quality of your tyres before driving anywhere in the rain.
4. Avoid heavily flooded routes
In extremely poor weather conditions, an increasing amount of areas in the UK are experiencing potentially life-threatening floods. Act responsibly and avoid any emergency scenarios by avoiding heavily flooded routes and finding alternative routes.
5. Pull over in extreme conditions
It may seem a great idea to attempt maneuvering through extremely hazardous conditions, in reality, it is incredibly dangerous and should be avoided when possible. If weather conditions are affecting your visibility or your handling of the vehicle in such a detrimental way, pull over and stop. It’s better to be safe than sorry!