There is no denying the fact that as of now it’s the summer season in UK, however if you have been staying in the UK for a long time now, you must be aware of the fact that even in this season it suddenly starts drizzling sometimes. Driving a vehicle when it’s raining can be really challenging and unsafe if preventive measures are not considered. In this post, we have brought you some useful tips and guidelines for driving safe in wet weather condition.
Rain can disrupt the visibility of the road and in such scenario, it is even more important to have properly functioning windscreen wipers. Your perfectly functioning wipers will help you see the road clearly regardless of the amount of road spray and rainfall.
But if your windscreen wipers are quite old and even have one or two small cracks, it will make you compromise on the visibility while driving amid the rain, which can lead to an exhausting driving experience or, even worse, to an accident. Thus, it is better to get your windscreen wiper replaced instead of driving with poor visibility. Changing wipers will not cost you more time and money, but it is certainly a worthwhile investment.
It’s common to see those big puddles on the road in the rainy season. And if your car tyres’ tread depth is less than what is required the minimum, your tyres will not able to cut through standing water effectively leading to aquaplaning.
Water will accumulate quickly in front of the tyres and your tyres will not be able to pass until the water generates ample force to life the tyres from the road. And this can make you lose your driving control. In order to prevent aquaplaning, get your tyres checked for tread depth and overall good condition. After all, your tyres need to maintain proper grip on the road even in wet weather.
Get the tyres air checked and fill up your fuel tank before you leave for the road journey. You may consider carrying a spare mobile phone and make sure you don’t forget the car charger for mobile phone. It is wise to prepare you and your car for any unpredictable weather scenario which may cause delay in reaching the destination. And always check the weather forecast before you depart for the journey. You can also do some good research on the routes and avoid the one more vulnerable to waterlogging and flooding.
It is strongly recommended that you drive your vehicle slower in wet weather condition to avoid any mishap. When you are driving at a slow pace, your tyres will mostly remain in contact with road surface and thus offer you stable and safe ride.
Your vehicle’s brake distance will increase considerably while driving in wet weather conditions. You need to take this fact into account and keep a reasonable distance from the next vehicle on the road while applying brake.
If you want to apply brake, then do it slowly. Keep enough distance in the front when you need to apply brake quite slowly. In wet weather conditions, pushing your brake suddenly can cause skidding or lock wheels. In case of skidding, you need to leave foot brake and go to skid mode to get back control over your vehicle.
Hope these tips will drive you safe and hassle-free in wet weather.