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UK Road, Rain Essentials

UK Road, Rain Essentials

How to Drive Safely in the Rain.

 Wet roads can be dangerous for drivers.
 Slow down and allow extra braking distance.
 Use dipped headlights.
 Watch for flooded roads and aquaplaning.
 Give cyclists and pedestrians extra space.

How to Avoid a Slip-Up When the Roads are Slick.

Winter may be over, but it’s a typical British spring – wet with a chance of monsoon. As well as putting a damper on many outdoor events, the rain makes driving for a living even more challenging. As more cars hit the road to get people from A to B in the dry, so the professional driver needs to be at the top of his game. Follow INSHUR’s favourite tips for driving in the rain and avoid slip-ups when the tarmac’s slick:

Tyres:

These are the only thing that keep you in contact with the road. Keep them at the right inflation pressure, with good tread depth. Remove stones and debris that get caught in the grooves.

Distance:

Even with good tyres and brakes, it will take longer to stop in the wet. Leave at least double your usual separation distance from the car in front.

Speed:

Go easy on the gas pedal. Slower is safer. Your wipers may not cope with a heavy downpour, so visibility could be low. Driving slower gives you more time to react to danger.

Lights:

Put your dipped headlights so that others can easily see you.

Stop:

If it starts coming down in sheets, pull over until the deluge ends. Don’t park where you’ll cause a hazard.

Flooding:

Often, very heavy rain will overwhelm the road drainage, creating large pools of water. These can be very deep at times. If you can’t judge the water depth, don’t risk driving on, turn around and find another route.

Aquaplaning:

This is what happens when a thin sheet of water form between your tyre and the road. It usually occurs on smooth roads with lots of water and can cause dangerous loss of grip and steering. If you sense this is happening to your car, slow down or stop if necessary.

Pedestrians and Cyclists:

Give them plenty of space. You could face a fine of up to £5000 if you splash them by driving too close or too fast.

Steamy:

Fogged up windows are a danger to you, your passengers and other road users. Put the demisters on high. Lower the side windows a little to increase ventilation. Don’t drive on until the glass is all clear.

SOURCES:
Scarborough News: https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/lifestyle/safety-first-nine-tips-for-
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