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Keeping cool if it gets wet wet wet

The IAM’s chief examiner, Peter Rodger, is sharing his advice on how to stay safe when travelling in wet weather. With some heavy showers expected this week, here are his tips to see you through your journey without incident.

  1. Check your local weather forecast and travel websites so you know what’s ahead of you in the fast changing British climate.
  2. Make sure your windscreen wiper blades are in good condition and both headlights are working – you will need to use your dipped headlights when visibility is reduced. If your car windows are misting up on the inside use the air conditioning to clear them up quickly.
  3. Use local knowledge - if you know of any roads in your area that risk flooding, avoid using them. Stick to main roads where possible as they are less likely to be flooded.
  4. On flooded roads, don’t stop in standing water and drive through the highest section of the road slowly. Once you have managed to drive through check your brakes to dry them out as quickly as possible.
  5. Give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard on a slippery road by slowing down.
  6. Your can prevent your car from aquaplaning by driving at a steady speed and increasing the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. In wet weather, make sure you maintain at least a four second gap.
  7. If your tyres begin to lose traction, ease off the accelerator, do not brake, and allow the speed to naturally decrease until you have full control of your car again.
  8. Keep your eyes on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility.
Driving in heavy rain can be very hazardous as people don’t allow for the increased time and distance needed to respond in these conditions. Read the road ahead and allow time to react – and your journey should be plain sailing

Notes to editors:

  1. Peter Rodger is the IAM’s chief examiner.
  2. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety


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