August 19, 2014

Driving in Rain

With many of us becoming increasingly aware that the summer is drawing slowly but surely to a close, it is gradually getting to that time of year again, when we have to consider driving differently when it comes to rain.

Firstly it is necessary to ensure your tyres are in good condition – they must be inflated correctly, as well as having plenty of tread depth left. If they do not meet these standards, they need changing – this is not just good advice, but this is a legal requirement.

When behind the wheel in a downpour, always make sure to slow down to a safe speed. Your stopping distance will be reduced significantly by the wetter road conditions, so you need to lead extra room between your car and the car in front, and drive at a sensible speed at all times.

You also need to avoid aquaplaning – this is when your car drives over a particularly wet surface and skids, which can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

Finally, also ensure to avoid driving into the spray from other vehicles in front. Keeping at a safe distance should reduce the need for this, as not only will driving through the spray churned up by vehicles hamper your vision, it could be leading you directly into a dangerous situation without you even realising it.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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