Slowing down and leaving extra room for braking is vital to avoiding road traffic accidents when driving in wet conditions.
Peter Rodger, chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, claims preparing yourself and your car for rain, whether it’s just a shower or a full-blown thunderstorm, is of the utmost importance.
Wet road surfaces make the task of driving much more difficult – he therefore, recommends following a simple set of rules.
Rain can make the windows mist up in seconds, so setting the heater controls before you set off means you won’t be fiddling about with controls when you should be concentrating on the road ahead.
You should also put your lights on in the rain. As a general rule of thumb, whenever you need to use your wipers you should also turn your dipped headlights on and before overtaking make sure your wipers are on their fastest setting.
Cruise control is not advised on wet roads as you need to pay more attention to the road surface conditions and alter your speed gently.
Perhaps most importantly of all, you should drop your speed and give yourself more space to slow down as stopping distance is at least doubled in the rain. This is a problem for cyclists and motorcyclists as well.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of road traffic accidents, so always stick to the speed limit.
Dropping your speed and giving yourself more space will also help you avoid spray off the road, especially when following a large vehicle, which can dramatically impair your view of what’s going on around you.
Road traffic accidents
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, you could be able to make a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is always available to offer advice and support when making a claim for compensation.
Take the 30-second test to see whether you have a case and how much you could potentially be entitled to.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown