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Five tips to improve your driving in the rain

 - 08/10/2020

Autumn can be a dangerous season for motorists, whether due to fewer daylight hours, rainfall or dead leaves that can make the roads slippery. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips to keep you on track.

1. Check your tyres and windscreen wipers
Before setting off in the pouring rain, the first thing to do is check your tyres. For a proper grip, the tyre tread should be at least 2mm deep. Driving with a tyre tread of less than 1.5mm can be dangerous, because the quantity of water evacuated will probably be insufficient, particularly in the case of heavy rainfall. Your windscreen wipers should also be in perfect condition to provide maximum visibility, whatever the conditions. Windscreen wipers should be changed yearly.

2. Maintain safety distances
Whether it be foggy or rainy, visibility is often very low in autumn, so, to ensure that other vehicles can see you, you should maintain the correct safety distance with vehicles ahead of you. For example, if visibility is poor beyond 50m, it is best not to drive over 50km/hr. Whatever the case, always make sure you have sufficient room to brake in case of emergencies.

3. Prefer fog lights
When visibility is exceptionally poor, it is best to switch on fog lights. At nightfall and even if the conditions aren’t particularly bad, switch on your fog lights without dazzling oncoming drivers.

4. Avoid skidding
In the case of hydroplaning, the golden rule is not to jam on your brakes. You should wait until the wheels make contact with the ground again, before gently applying your brakes and altering your trajectory. Whether it be the brakes or the driving wheel, avoid sudden brusque movements at all costs. The same is true if you encounter patches of wet leaves on the road.

5. Dealing with strong winds
In addition to night-time driving and rain, another danger of autumn motoring is strong winds. When the wind gets up, hold the steering wheel firmly (now more than ever with two hands), so you don’t end up off rather than on the road. This is equally true when overtaking in windy conditions, particularly if overtaking a HGV.

 

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