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7 rules to follow for safe driving in the rain

by Saima Omar | 05 Jun 2019

British weather is one of the hardest things on the planet to predict. One minute it’s the hottest day on record, the next, the skies open and your Sunday drive turns into your Sunday swim!

To help you on the road when things get a little wet, we’ve pulled together 7 rules to follow for safe driving in the rain.

1. Make sure your headlights are on

Rain can make it very hard to see, not only for you but for other drivers too. Always keep your headlights on when traveling in the rain, it sounds basic but it’s the best way to make sure your vehicle is visible to other drivers on the road.

2. Mind the gap

Wet roads increase your stopping distance, and this can potentially lead to a very serious accident if you’re too close to the vehicle ahead, particularly if you’re on the motorway.

Always be sure to leave more distance than you normally would between your car and the one in front of you. This will give you the room you need to safely bring your car to a halt if the vehicle ahead of you makes a sudden stop.

3. Turn off that cruise control

Cruise control greatly increases your risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when there’s a layer of water between your car’s tyres and the roadway and can cause your vehicle to skid or slide.

Not only that but it also encourages a lack of attentiveness that can create dangerous conditions when driving in the rain. Wait until the roads are dry to enjoy your car’s cruise control!

4. Look after your wipers

Your windscreen wipers work tirelessly to keep your view clear in wet weather conditions. But, if they’re in poor shape they’ll deliver disappointing, sometimes dangerous results. For optimum performance, your car’s wiper blades should be changed every six months. If they squeak or leave streaks on the glass, it’s time to get your wiper blades replaced at an approved garage.

5. Keep your tyres fresh

If your tyre treads are worn, your vehicle is more likely to hydroplane. This can lead to all sorts of accidents, so be sure to use a tread gauge to inspect them at least once a month, replacing your tyres if they are too worn.

6. Avoid puddles, avoid hydroplaning

Your car is more likely to slide or skid when splashing through copious amounts of water. Steer clear of puddles and standing water to keep hydroplaning at bay.

7. Keep calm and carry on

If your vehicle does begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Sudden braking, heavy acceleration or sharp steering will make the sliding ten times worse. Ease off your accelerator, and gently steer in the direction you want to travel.

Wet roads can be extremely hazardous if you don’t keep your wits about you, but if you follow our 7 simple rules, you’ll have the best chance of driving safe in wet conditions.

Remember, it's always better to be prepared so keep on top of your cars needs by getting it checked at an approved garage near you.

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