Staying Safe Whilst Driving in Heavy Rain and floods
With the weather in the UK currently being so wet, here at Bluepoppy we are today going to be providing some top tips for those that have to drive in wet and daunting weather conditions.
Driving in heavy rain and flooding can be incredibly hazardous, especially when people don’t know how to handle these conditions. Not only is there a higher chance of accidents occurring in downpour and flooding, but also of other things such as breakdowns and engine flooding. Keep on reading to find out how to best prepare yourself for the wet weeks ahead…
Before starting any car journeys in heavy rain you should consider whether you need to set off or whether you can wait until the rain eases off. If you must go, then you must plan your journey, avoiding routes where potential flooding may be occurring. Before setting off you need to check your car too, looking at the following things:
- Check that your windscreen wiper blades are functioning correctly
- Check you have an adequate amount of fuel for your journey, remember that consumption will be higher if you are going to be stuck in traffic
- Listen to the local traffic news so that you can be aware of any road closures etc.
- Make sure that you have your mobile phone with you and that it is fully charge
- Check that your car tyres are of the recommended legal tyre tread depth
- Make sure that you have warm clothing in your car and a waterproof coat
Driving in Heavy Rain: Top Tips
- Drive slowly and leave more space in-between you and the vehicle in front, remembering that stopping distances are increased when it is raining
- Used dipped headlights so that you are more visible
- Don’t use your rear fog lights
- Keep an eye out for large or fast moving vehicles that could create a lot of spray
- Keep your air conditioning on so that your windows don’t mist up
- Don’t drive fast through deep water
- Be considerate of other road users, trying not to spray cyclists etc.
Driving Through water and Floods: Top Tips
- Before driving through puddles you must determine how deep they are, if you are unsure don’t be afraid to get out of your car and check
- If a puddle is clearly too deep you should find another route to avoid getting stranded
- When driving through shallow puddles keep an eye out for sharp and foreign objects
- Stay in a low gear when driving through a puddle and pause for a minute after getting out so that excess water can drain
- After getting out of a puddle always check to make sure that your breaks are working
We hope that this advice will work to keep you safe whilst on the road – Here at Bluepoppy Vehicle Leasing we are incredibly passionate about keeping our roads safe and therefore love to provide advice to drivers as much as possible. If you have any questions, or are looking for a larger and sturdier car to get you through the winter months, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.