The UK’s weather is unpredictable; one moment you are enjoying the sun and the next you find yourself drenched in rain. It is better to be prepared before leaving the house, so you can tackle unexpected weather conditions. Driving in rain can be dangerous, specifically for those who don’t know how to drive safely in heavy rain.
Driving badly in rain can flood your engine and cause electrical problems that can lead to car breakdown. In persistent rain, aquaplaning is a common phenomenon, which demands good vigilance. To help you drive safely in rain, we have devised some guidelines that you should follow to avoid accidents and car breakdowns.
Make Sure you are Prepared to Drive in Rain
First off, start a journey in rain only if it is unavoidable. Making a trivial trip to the store while it is raining heavily is foolhardy. In case you have to move due to an emergency, make sure you check the condition of your car. Can it withstand the rainy conditions? Some of the things you need to check before leaving are:
- Check wipers and headlights to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Inspect car tyres before journey to make sure they are not worn out and can grip the surface firmly.
- Check local weather forecast and steer clear of routes that are flooding or closed. There are also some weather apps that can help in this regard.
- Inform your friends and family members about your trip and when you plan to come back. If possible don’t drive alone, and keep your mobile phone with you.
- Take a look at your car’s fuel level; turning on headlights, heater and wipers during rain is inevitable and may consume a lot of fuel.
Drive Extra Carefully to Remain Safe
You toned to take extra care when driving in rain. Reduce the speed; driving rashly can be dangerous not only for you, but also for others on the road. Stopping distance is crucial; keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, so you can see clearly and have enough time to act in case of a mishap. Furthermore, keep your headlights and wipers on all the time for better visibility ahead. In case windows start misting turn on the air conditioner or heater fans.
When driving through standing water, keep your speed slow to avoid aquaplaning. If you can’t steer the car, that means your tyres have lost contact with the ground. Instead of panicking, ease off the accelerator and get your vehicle back under control slowly.
What Should You Do if Your Car Breaks Down?
Your car can breakdown if the damp has reached the engine and electrical system. If this happens, keep your car’s bonnet down, turn the hazard lights on and call for assistance. Trying to turn the engine back on can cause serious damage, therefore it is better to wait for the help to come and let the professionals examine your vehicle. If you have roadside assistance, that can be of great help here.
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