Wet Weather Driving Tips

Driving in wet weather conditions can be hazardous and the effects of wet weather on driving should not be underestimated. Wet weather conditions can greatly reduce visibility and excess water on the roads greatly increases the risk of aquaplaning. Most importantly, braking distances can increase by a factor of two compared to dry road surfaces.

Overall, accidents are twice as likely to happen in wet road conditions, however if you prepare for the wet weather you have a much better chance of staying safe.

Our wet weather driving tips should help you to prevent or reduce the risk of an accident:

Slow Down

Rain can create slick, slippery road surfaces which are a major cause of skidding. Skidding can be avoided if you slow down. If you drive at slower speeds more of the tyres surface is in contact with the road which allows the tyre tread to make better contact with the road enabling better traction and grip.

Keep your distance

Wet weather conditions can almost double the braking distance compared to dry conditions so more distance is required to stop. Keeping your distance from the vehicle in front will help prevent an accident.

Test Your Brakes

Driving through standing water on roads can impact the effectiveness of your brakes. If you have driven through deep water apply the brakes lightly to let them dry and to test that they are working properly.

Avoid aquaplaning

Aquaplaning can cause your vehicle to lose contact with the road surface causing a loss of traction which can result in loss of control, skidding or a spin. Underinflated tyres and worn tyre tread can contribute to the loss in traction so ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and they have proper tread depth.

Beware 'first rain'

'First rain' can be deceptive as it can make the roads hazardous as oil/ mud on the road combines with the water to form a slippery surface. Take extra care for the first half an hour after the rain begins as this is when roads are likely to be at their slickest.

Check your tyres

Checking your tyres is one of the simplest yet effective ways to prevent an accident in wet conditions.

You should always check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated. If tyre pressures are below 30% the recommended level then there is an increased risk of aquaplaning.

You should also check your tyres for wear and ensure that the tread depth of your tyres is sufficient. Without proper tread depth tyres cannot cope with the wet road. Tyres with more tread can increase the amount of water they disperse thus reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

Wet Weather Tyres

For optimum grip on wet roads tyre manufacturers have produced tyres specifically designed to reduce the risk of aquaplaning and provide optimum traction on wet roads. These tyres have directional tread patterns which effectively pump water away efficiently as possible to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.

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