Do you worry about driving in wet weather? If not, you should probably take it a little more seriously. Rain, snow, flooding and surface water can all have a significant impact on your driving. You need to make yourself aware of what to expect, and how to make your journey less hazardous. Here’s our guide to some of the little upgrades and driving tips you should consider when the weather gets wet.
When you consider the impact that heavy rain can have on your driving, it’s important to ask yourself whether you should use your car. Do you have to go out, or could you use public transport instead? Or, can you wait a while until the severe weather passes? There are plenty of things that can go wrong, from impeded vision through your windscreen, to the risk of running into a flooded area. Think long and hard before travelling in any bad weather.
Look after your windscreen wipers
As we mentioned above, heavy rain can have a significant impact on your vision. It’s vital that you make regular checks on your windscreens during wet seasons, to ensure that they are working well. Both of your blades should work well, and be clean – smearing can impair your vision even more. Wipers are cheap to replace if you need to, so there are no excuses!
Change your tyres
If you notice your car slipping around in wet weather, think about changing them. Living in the UK, you will be well aware of how much it rains, so it makes sense to invest in better quality tyres. There are plenty of specialist tyres out there – check out these Hankook K115 Ventus Prime 2, for example. Better tyres mean that your braking and handling performance will improve during wet conditions.
It should go without saying that you should drive slower during wet conditions. Even going an extra 5mph faster will have a significant effect on your stopping distance and reaction time when it’s raining. Make sure that you increase your stopping distances to a safe amount. Your brakes will take a lot longer to work when they are wet, so you have to bear this in mind when you’re out on the road.
Never go through flooded area if you are unsure about how deep they are. If you have no choice, go through at low speed and make sure you use the highest point of the road. If the water is fast flowing, turn back if you can, as it could sweep you away with the current. You car is strong and heavy, but it is nothing compared to the power of a broken river bank that is flowing fast.
Finally, make sure that you know what aquaplaning feels like. It’s when your tyres lose contact with the road and tends to happen when you are driving too fast. Decrease your speed until you begin to feel the grip return, and ease off until you regain control.
OK, we hope this has helped you understand some of the basic safety tips about driving in wet weather. Keep safe out there!