Don't slip up! How to drive safely in wet weather
From thunderstorms and heavy rain to epic flooding, wet weather can cause all sorts of havoc for drivers. Whether you're commuting to work or traveling to see friends, stay safe on the roads whatever the weather with our essential guide to driving safely in wet weather.
Planning ahead is a key element of safe wet weather driving, both in terms of checking the forecast and making sure your car is fully prepared for the task ahead. Visibility is essential for driving in wet or stormy conditions, so make sure to check that the windows and light covers are clean, all lights are working, and that the ventilation system is clear in case you need to de-fog the windows during your drive. If you often drive in this kind of weather, look into the possibility of investing in wet weather tires to make your journey as safe as possible.
Once you’re on the road, try to adjust your driving style—even the most seasoned drivers on a regular route can get caught out in a storm by not modifying their behavior. Drive cautiously, carefully, and below the speed limit, with a good distance between yourself and other cars. Turn off any cruise control functions and go slow when making turns to avoid hydroplaning. Keep your eye on any large vehicles around you, so you can react quickly if necessary, and take a break if you start to feel tired.
Feeling stressed and rushing to your destination can affect how carefully you drive, so always make sure you leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. In the car, limit any distractions such as conversations or the radio, and focus on the road instead. Finally, ask yourself how essential the journey is if the weather is particularly bad—can you wait and travel when it improves instead? Prioritising your safety is always the most important thing.