Legal guide to UK motoring, sections for law enforcement, Driver licensing, learner and new drivers, buying and selling, speeding fines, owning a vehicle, wheel clamping, traffic information.
seems to rain every day in the UK but that also means
its easy to become complacent. Always modify your driving
by slowing down and reduce any acceleration and brake
early etc. Rain is bad enough on its own but sitting on
top of fuel spills, dirt etc it can become as slippery
Slow down! Stopping distances in the wet are double that
of the dry. Your tyres will grip the road much less and make
cornering more hazardous.
Avoid aquaplaning. This happens when your vehicle is
travelling too fast. The tyre is designed to remove the water
from the road underneath it allowing contact between the tyre
and the road surafce. If a safe speed is exceeded then the tyre
cannot remove the water fast enogh and the tyre rises up onto
the surface of the water where there is no grip. Once a tyre
looses contact with the road you loose any steering or braking
Keep your distance from other road uses. Vehicles can
throw up a lot of water spray which can obscure your vision
when travelling too close behind.
Turn on your headlights. Visiblity is reduced so Be Safe
- Be Seen
Use windscreen wipers and demisters.