Driving on Wet Roads
When the roads are wet you will have reduced grip between your car tyres and the road surface, this can make the roads slippery which will increase your chances of something going wrong.
When driving on wet roads its important to allow extra time for stopping as your stopping distance can double compared to that of a dry road. To allow for this you will need to give yourself plenty of time and room to slow down and stop.
As the road will become slippery you have to take more care when cornering and even different road surfaces might affect the grip of your tyres.
Considering Others – Pedestrians and cyclists can easily get drenched by passing vehicle. Look well ahead and avoid splashing pedestrians and cyclists if possible, make sure you allow extra room for cyclists to go around puddles but always make sure it is safe for you to move out wide around them. Deliberately splashing pedestrians could end up landing you in trouble with the law and you could be given a fine of up to £5000
Aquaplaning – A great danger when driving in the rain is aquaplaning. This is where a large build-up of water on the road allows your vehicle to skim across the surface of the water pretty much like a pebble does when skimmed across the surface of the sea.
Aquaplaning will mean your tyres lose contact with the road and cause your vehicle to slide across the water. Your steering will become very light and your vehicle may begin to lose control and slide to the side.
So, what can you do about it – If you start to aquaplane, slow the vehicle down by lifting off the accelerator (Gas pedal) Do Not Brake or try to change direction, because when you are aquaplaning, you will have no control at all over steering or braking?
The higher your speed on a wet road the greater your chances of aquaplaning. You much keep your speed down and watchout for pooling on the road surface.
Learn more about aquaplaning by watching the video below