Top driving tips for stormy weather

Top driving tips for stormy weather

The recent weather has posed some challenging conditions for drivers and with more storms forecast for the coming days, motorists are being offered tips on how to stay safe in wet and windy conditions.

Advanced driver Peter Rodger, of road safety charity IAM, says one of the biggest concerns is the risk of cars or motorcycles losing control on slippery roads.

He adds: "A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and motorcyclists too.

"When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down."

The chief examiner's top tips for tackling rainy conditions include making sure your vehicle is prepared before setting off; this includes setting heater controls and clearing windows of any mist. "You don't want to be fiddling with controls when you should be concentrating on the road," he says.

Furthermore, he stresses the importance of using your lights when visibility is reduced. "As a rule of thumb, whenever you need to use your wipers, you should also turn your dipped headlights on," he says, and advises that the fastest wiper setting should be used before overtaking to help alleviate any extra spray.

In a bid to reduce the risk of accidents and claims oncar insurance , he advises against harsh manoeuvres and using cruise control, saying to keep your eyes on the road ahead and leave plenty of time to brake, adjusting your speed gently.

Finally, motorists should slow down in the rain and be aware that stopping distances can double in adverse conditions.

"Giving yourself more space also helps to avoid spray, especially when following a large vehicle," he concludes.

Copyright Press Association 2014