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By Ben
Driving Skills

Driving Tips for Wet Weather

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Driving in wet weather can be challenging and dangerous, especially if you're not prepared for it. Rain, fog, and wet roads can reduce visibility and traction, making it harder to control your vehicle. To stay safe while driving in wet weather, it's essential to follow some simple guidelines. In this blog, we'll outline seven tips for driving in wet weather.

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1. Slow down

The first and most important tip for driving in wet weather is to slow down. Wet roads reduce the amount of traction your tyres have, making it harder to stop quickly. By slowing down, you give yourself more time to react to changing road conditions and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

2. Keep a safe distance

Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you is critical in wet weather. Wet roads can cause your vehicle to skid, and the last thing you want is to rear-end the vehicle in front of you. We encourage you to leave at least a three-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

3. Turn on your headlights

Rain, fog, and mist can reduce visibility, making it difficult for other drivers to see you. Turning on your headlights can make it easier for other drivers to spot you, and it can also help you see the road ahead more clearly. Make sure your headlights are clean and properly aligned.

4. Avoid sudden movements

Driving in wet weather requires a smooth and gentle approach. Avoid sudden movements, such as hard braking or sharp turns, which can cause your vehicle to skid or lose control. Instead, slow down and make gentle adjustments to your speed and direction.

5. Check your wipers

Your windshield wipers are your first line of defence against rain, and they need to be in good working order. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and replace them if they're worn out. Also, check the windshield washer fluid and make sure the nozzles are clear. You should do this before you need to use them.

6. Beware of hydroplaning

Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle's tyres lose contact with the road and glide on a thin layer of water. This can happen when you're driving too fast or when the tyres are worn out. If you feel your vehicle start to hydroplane, ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go. We will look at this in a later blog.

7. Avoid flooded areas

Finally, it's best to avoid flooded areas altogether. It's difficult to gauge the depth of water, and driving through standing water can damage your vehicle's engine and electrical system. If you encounter standing water, turn around and find an alternate route. If it's flooded, forget it!

In conclusion, driving in wet weather requires extra caution and attention. By following these seven tips, you can reduce the risk of accidents and stay safe on the road. Remember to slow down, maintain a safe distance, turn on your headlights, avoid sudden movements, check your wipers, beware of hydroplaning, and avoid flooded areas. Stay safe out there!

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