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The UK has experienced more than its fair share of rain already this year and it looks like it’s going to continue well into the summer.
Motorists should be prepared for driving in the wet and ensure their cars and vans are prepared for hazardous conditions.
Here are our top tips to help you when driving in the rain.
Try and keep spray on your windscreen to a minimum by leaving a good distance between your car and the vehicle in front. Try and pre-empt being ‘blinded’ by spray by switching your wiper blades on before heavy spray- causing vehicles pass you.
We all used to enjoy jumping in puddles when we were young but they are not such a good idea to drive through if they can be avoided! Puddles produce excess spray that may cover your windscreen reducing driver visibility but more importantly as tyres move through a puddle drag is produced. Drag can result in pulling the car tyres potentially causing you to swerve and reduce your control over your vehicle.
Aquaplaning is when the tyres of your car are no longer in direct contact with the road as they are riding on top of the water that has pooled in the road (rather like surfing).
To help avoid aquaplaning:
What to do if you find yourself aquaplaning:
Usually aquaplaning lasts for only a second or two and then you’ll find you’re back in control of the car and can continue on.
Remember that if water gets inside your car’s engine then it will stall and potentially cost you a lot to fix. The general recommendation is that you should not attempt to drive through a body of water if it is as high as your exhaust pipe.
If you do decide to drive through flood water then:
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