Driving in adverse weather conditions increases the risk of road traffic accidents. If the weather is extremely bad, it’s always best to be on the safe side and stay at home, rather than attempting to make a journey.
Driving in floods
Floods occur when there are sudden outbreaks of torrential rain or prolonged periods of heavy rain; they may be the result of rivers bursting their banks, drainage systems failing to control the flow of water and water pooling in low ground.
Driving in a torrential downpour is hazardous because it affects your visibility and stopping distance, as well as making the surfaces of the road slippery. If you get caught in a storm, which appears from nowhere, find a safe place to pull over and wait for the rain to pass. If it’s already raining extremely heavily and the conditions are dangerous, avoid driving at all.
Driving in floods is very dangerous, not least because high water hides dips in the roads; you should never attempt to drive through water, which you wouldn’t be able to walk through. Flood waters can affect your steering and increase the risk of stalling and losing control of the brakes; this can happen in as little as a foot of water. The power of moving water can also cause the vehicle to be swept away, which increases the risk of collisions with vehicles, objects and trees.
Tips for drivers in adverse weather conditions
If you’re planning a journey, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you go and plan your route to reduce the risk of a car crash; look out for flood hot spots and don’t drive if weather warnings are issued. Drive slowly if the roads are wet or icy or visibility is poor due to mist, fog, heavy rain or bright sunshine. Give the vehicles in front of you plenty of room and pay special attention to your mirrors. If the conditions are really poor, consider pulling over in a safe place.
If you’ve had a road accident in poor weather conditions and you weren’t at fault, you may wish to explore the possibility of claiming road accident compensation. Car crash compensation is provided to drivers or passengers who were injured on the roads as a result of somebody else’s negligence. To find out more about claiming for car crash injuries, simply call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit our website.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice