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Driving safely during wet weather

As the weather turns colder and wetter, it pays to make sure you stay safe in these challenging driving conditions. Follow our tips on how to adjust your driving style for wet roads.

  • Heavy rain can reduce visibility – particularly on motorways. Surface water can cause spray, which can seriously impair visibility. Reduce your speed and switch your windscreen wipers to their fastest speed.
  • Remember that braking distances are twice as long in wet weather. It is a good idea to follow the four-second rule when following other cars, to ensure you have ample braking distance and to help prevent skidding.
  • Adjust your speed for the road conditions. Where heavy rain has caused excess surface water, there is a danger that your car can aquaplane if you drive too fast. If this does happen to you, hold a straight course and try not to brake or accelerate sharply.
  • If a road is flooded, the best option is to turn around and find an alternative route. Only drive through the water if you are certain the water is not too deep, and there are no obstructions. You must drive slowly and steadily using a low gear and check your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water.
  • Be careful of pedestrians. Driving at normal speed through puddles can result in splashes of water which can hit pedestrians and you could fined by the police for driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.

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