As winter is coming now, we will have to drive in heavy rain & wet roads conditions. As a professional driver I would like to share a few tips to help to stay safe on the road for your journey.
- It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads, so slow down & allow extra distance from the vehicle in front of you (4 seconds).
- In rainy & strong wind, watch out for falling/fallen debris on the roads & vehicles veering across the road.
- Take extra care while driving behind a HGV (Heavy Good Vehicle) as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your own visibility.
- Allow extra space between vulnerable roads users (Bycicles, Motorcycles, Scooter….)
- Drive with dipped head lights while driving.
- Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with high speed over 100Km/H.
- Check tyres on a weekly basis & replace them if thread depth is below 3 millimetres
With added risk posed by wet or flooded roads as an ADI instructor I would advise as follows:
- If the road is flooded, choose another route. Do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow are often deeper than you think.
- After going through water, drive slowly and apply brakes softly for a short distance, this will help to dry the brakes.
- Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because or because they are blocked by flooding. As a roads users we should always follow the recommended routes & obey the signs advising of roads closed for traffic.
- Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water, sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires & fallen or falling objects.
As a Cyclists or Pedestrian:
- Make sure to be seen. Wear a high visibility jacket or reflective arm bands.
- Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
If you are struggling when driving with heavy rain conditions & wet road, as an ADI I can help you to build up your confidence & help you to stay safe on the road, for further help you can contact us on Mob 086 044 0157 or email https://www.castletownsom.com/contact/
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Castletown School of Motoring
ADI number 35 371