Wet Weather Driving Conditions
Wet weather driving conditions can be hazardous for motorists. The wet weather makes it longer for your vehicle to stop.
Prior to going on your journey
Before setting off on your journey in wet conditions, ensure you follow these steps.
Ensure both your wind wipers front and rear are in good working order to clear the water from the windscreen. It is also good practice to ensure you keep your fuel tank topped up in poor weather conditions, slower and heavier traffic can increase your fuel consumption. The last thing you need is to run out of fuel.
When the weather is bad there is a higher chance of accidents occurring, therefore it is important to check traffic updates before you leave. This can help you find the quicker route and avoid congested or flooded areas.
Ensure you take a mobile phone with you and its fully charged.
One of the most important checks is your tyres, ensure you make sure they are safe for travelling at all times. In wet weather this is essential to ensure they have a good grip on the road.
Driving in wet conditions
Driving at a high speed in wet conditions can be dangerous as your stopping distance is increased. In-turn this gives you a lot less time to react to hazards ahead.
Dipped headlights should be turned on if visibility is reduced in order for other drivers to see you clearly. Your air conditioning should be switched on to help prevent your windows also misting up.
Drive carefully though puddles of water, driving at a high speed can lead to the tyres loosing their grip and the car aquaplaning. Even after driving through standing water test your brakes to ensure they are working correctly. Ensure no other vehicles are close to you whilst you do this.
Always maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front. Don’t brake harshly this could be unsafe in wet conditions. Always approach junctions at a slower speed, be aware of what’s around you.
On many occasions heavy rain can be associated with strong winds too. Therefore always ensure you have a good grip on your steering wheel. The last thing you need is for a gust of wind to take you by surprise and you cannot react quickly enough.
Unsure about your tyres?
Finally, if you have any doubts or are unsure about how to check your tyres. Call into our tyre dealership in Durham. We will be happy to check them for you and ensure they are safe you to go on your journey.