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Get to grips with wet weather

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DRIVING IN WET WEATHER

In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads, which significantly increases your risk of crashing. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. When driving in wet weather conditions:

  • Keep well back from the vehicle in front to increase your ability to see and plan ahead.
  • If steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
  • The rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen.
  • Be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery.
  • Whatever the driving conditions take extra care around vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

 

DRIVING IN WINDY WEATHER 

High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross winds, or when passing bridges or gaps in the hedges.

In windy weather your vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected, so keep well back when a motorcyclist is overtaking a high-sided vehicle.

 

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