The UK’s climate can be unpredictable at the best of times, and sometimes you may find yourself driving in less than ideal conditions. Driving when it’s raining heavily or in flooded conditions can be dangerous. Here are a few things to consider before setting off:
- Consider whether you could delay your journey until the weather improves
- Plan routes in advance to avoid flooded areas, and make sure you allow extra time
- Always check your front and back windscreen wipers before you set off
- Top up your fuel – turning on lights and heaters will use up fuel more quickly
Avoiding car accidents in rainy conditions
Sometimes, you’re caught unexpectedly in rainy conditions, or your journey is an essential one. So what can you do to avoid car accidents when driving in heavy rain?
- Use dipped headlights as this will allow other drivers to see you more clearly
- Stopping distances are increased when it’s wet, so leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front
- Reduce your speed
- Ensure you give motorcyclists and cyclists plenty of room in case they need to manoeuvre around puddles or other hazards
- Check your tyre tread depth regularly – deeper tread depth helps remove more water from in between your tyres and the road
You should also be aware of any large or fast-moving vehicles such as trucks or lorries, as these can create spray, which can reduce your visibility, particularly if travelling on a busy road.
If there is standing water on the road, you should be particularly cautious, as driving too fast could cause you to aquaplane. If this happens, ease off the accelerator and slowly let your speed reduce – don’t brake – and you will soon regain control of your car.
Claiming for car accident compensation
Sometimes, accidents do happen, but if you are involved in a car accident due to someone else’s careless driving, you may be considering claiming for compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are happy to offer you advice on your claim 24/7 – just call our freephone helpline for a confidential chat with no obligation.
Because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and are proud to be sponsored by Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, you know that we will provide you with a professional, helpful service that meets all your expectations. You usually won’t need to attend court, as we can process most claims over the phone, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown