In the wake of the warm weather, many areas of the UK have been hit by heavy downpours, causing traffic disruption on many of the main roads.
Extreme weather conditions make driving more dangerous, as it becomes harder to fully control the vehicle.
If stormy weather hits your area it may be best to delay your journey when possible.
However, for those who have to drive in the bad weather here are some tips on remaining safe when driving on water logged roads.
Heavy rain and high winds cause mean your car is more prone to skidding – due to aquaplaning. One of the best ways to avoid this is keep the speed down.
When driving slower a larger section of the tyre tread is in contact with the road, increasing the traction. It also means that water does not build up as quickly in the car’s path – reducing the risk of aquaplaning.
Tackling the dreaded aquaplane
Speaking of aquaplaning, if takes place do not brake or turn suddenly. When aquaplaning your tyres are no longer in contact with the road and are basically surfing on a mini wave. The best way to bring them back into contact with the surface is to gently ease off the accelerator. If there is no option but to brake then only do so with a lite pumping action.
Stop when rain becomes to heavy
If the rain becomes torrential, and your vehicle’s windscreen wipers cannot disperse the water quickly enough then slow down and pull your car over safely. It may be annoying, especially if you are on a deadline, but waiting for the weather to improve is much safer than trying to cope with little visibility.