Wet weather driving tips that could save lives

The UK is braced for heavy rain and strong winds from this week, as Storm Agnes makes its way across from the Atlantic. Some areas of Britain are forecast to suffer from gusts as strong as 75 mph, whilst the majority of the country has been issued a Yellow Warning for wind.

Whether you’re towing in a car or driving a motorhome, cold and damp conditions require you to alter your habits on the road. Luckily, Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, has highlighted some of the most important tips when it comes to driving in wet weather.

Demist your windows

Cleaning your windows can be tedious, especially if you need to be somewhere in a hurry. However, wet weather causes them to mist up, which can be hazardous to yourself and other drivers on the road.

To combat this, ensure your heater is set to blast warm air against the windscreen and remember to activate the demist button for your back windscreen. Your air conditioning system is a great help too, as it removes moisture from the interior of your vehicle.

Slow down at junctions

When the roads are slippery, it’s easier for your vehicle to skid. So, be gentle with your accelerator when pulling out of junctions or roundabouts, and allow for additional braking distance when slowing down.

Avoid the big coat

Alongside the wet weather, we’re also set to see a significant drop in temperatures soon. Of course, that means the winter jackets will be coming out of storage, but avoid wearing a puffy coat whilst behind the wheel.

A big, bulky jacket can impede your movements while driving. This is set out in the Highway Code, which states that you must ensure “clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.”

Drive defensively

A turn in the weather should mean that every road user operates their vehicle with more caution. Well, we all know that isn’t the case, so at least ensure you’re playing your part.

If it’s pouring outside and rain is splashing up off the road, drive slower than you normally would and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.

Turn your lights on

Rule 113 of the Highway Code states that you “must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced” and if you fail to do so, you could be looking at a fine of up to £1,000 as a result.

Additionally, when visibility is “seriously reduced” to 100 metres or less, it might be appropriate to switch on your fog lights. Avoid using these unless you find yourself in extreme weather, as they can dazzle other road users and create a hazard.

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