Summer now seems a distant memory, with colder temperatures, darker nights and more wind and rain.
As such, it’s important to remember that, when driving in the wet, stopping distances can be at least double those seen in the dry and therefore we should remember to tailor our speed appropriately.
So…check out my range of tips for if you’re planning journeys in the wet.
- You need to be able to see and be seen – something that can become more difficult now the nights are drawing in.
- Visibility can be easily impaired in heavy rain or by spray from other vehicles, so you should always ensure you’re able to come to a complete stop in the distance you can see in front of you.
- Make sure to turn on lights when it begins to get dark or in heavy rain.
- Keep windows and the windscreen clean to avoid smears that can further reduce visibility.
- Remember the possibility of aquaplaning will be increased considerably when roads are wet and even more so if you fail to regularly examine the state of your tyres.
- A lack of tread depth will mean water on the road’s surface cannot be as efficiently displaced, meaning accidents are more likely for vehicles that have poorly maintained tyres.