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    Survivor guide: Driving during a torrential downpour


    There is a risk of road traffic accidents every time you set out on the roads, but certain factors, including extreme weather conditions, such as driving during a torrential downpour, can increase the likelihood of collisions on the road.

    According to the Department for Transport, driving in wet weather is statistically more dangerous than driving in dry conditions. Here are some guidelines to help you prevent car crashes when driving in the rain:

    Adjust your speed

    Wet weather can affect your visibility and your stopping distance, so adjust your speed and slow down, especially when rain is torrential and there is a lot of spray around. If visibility is extremely poor due to a sudden and severe downpour, pull over until the rain has passed and it is safe to continue your journey.

    Plan your journey

    Check the weather forecast before you set off and try to avoid any routes, which are prone to flooding, if heavy rain is forecast. Check that you have enough petrol, put air in the tyres, top up screen wash and engine oil and make sure your windscreen wipers are in good working order before you head off on a long drive.

    Take heed of road warnings

    When adverse weather is expected, the electric signs on major roads and motorways are often illuminated with warnings and advice for drivers, so take notice of these signs and adapt the way you drive.

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    Be patient

    If drivers around you are slowing down, be patient and lower your speed; give cars in front of you plenty of space and give those behind you notice when you are turning off, stopping or pulling out. It’s important to remember that your stopping distance increases in wet weather, so keep well back from the vehicle in front of you.

    Use dipped headlights

    If it’s murky and wet outside, make sure your lights are on. Avoid using rear fog lights, as they will dazzle other drivers. It’s also a good idea to keep away from heavy goods vehicles and high-sided vehicles, as they give off a lot of spray, which could reduce your visibility and increase the risk of an accident on the road.

    What to do if you’ve had a crash in the rain

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident in adverse weather conditions and you were not to blame, our personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim road traffic accident compensation. Our reputable firm offers consumers a simple and stress-free car accident claims process, and most of our clients do not have to go to court.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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