Winter usually means cold, wet weather and we all know that driving in these wet conditions can be dangerous, which can mean there is an increased risk of an accident occurring. So take a look at our helpful tips to keep safe on the roads in the rain.
Take care to avoid sudden and sharp braking
During wet weather, roads can become extremely slippery which can dramatically affect the control of your vehicle. This is because wet roads reduce the grip your tyres have to the road surface. Avoiding sharp and sudden braking can help prevent your vehicle from skidding or aquaplaning. Aquaplaning occurs when a layer of water is trapped between the road surface and the tyre resulting in the driver having no control over speed or braking. You can usually tell when the vehicle is aquaplaning if the steering becomes unresponsive, you should ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if this occurs.
Leave more space between you and the vehicle in front
By increasing the space you leave between your vehicle and other motorists you can help increase your reaction time and prevent braking suddenly. It is important to remember that wet road conditions can increase stopping time more than twice over. Increasing the distance between you and the vehicle in front is also key to maintaining better visibility during rainy conditions as other vehicles will create spray.
Wipers & Lights ON
When it’s raining the skies are generally dark, this combination of reduced light and rain can affect your ability to see the road ahead and effectively take in the hazards around. Reduced visibility can increase the chance of accidents, which could result in a claim on your policy meaning loss of no claims bonus or and increased premium. Ensure your headlights are on to give to the best visibility possible in rainy overcast conditions; this will also help other motorists be aware of your vehicle and position on the road. Using your windscreen wipers on the correct speed will enable maximum visibility in the rain so that hazard perception and stopping time can be improved.
Slow and steady wins the race
When driving in wet conditions it is important to take extra care as the roads can be more hazardous. Driving at the speed limit is fine in normal dry conditions however it can be dangerous to drive at this speed when the roads are wet. By reducing your speed you are increasing your reaction time making it easier to control the vehicle and prevent accidents in rainy conditions.
Check your tread
You should regularly check the tread depth of your tyres throughout the year however it becomes more important to do so over the winter months when rain is inevitable. The tread helps to remove water from between the road and the tyre; the deeper the tread the great volume of water that can be removed.
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