Driving in the rain - FAQs:
We’ve answered your Frequently Asked Questions on driving in wet weather conditions:
How do you drive a car in heavy rain?
Slower than you would normally while maintaining a steady speed. Avoid hard accelerating, hard braking and sudden movement of the steering wheel. Increase the distance from the car in front and turn on your headlights.
What speed should you drive in the rain?
When you’re driving in the rain, you should adapt your speed to the road and weather conditions. As a general rule, reduce your speed by 5 or 10 mph, depending on the type of road and traffic.
What is a good tip for driving in wet weather?
Keep your air conditioning on. It’s an effective way to prevent your windscreen and windows misting up.
What are stopping distances in the rain?
Stopping distances twice as long, so you should allow more distance to slow down and stop. You’ll need 46 metres at 30mph – that’s nearly half a football field. And at 60mph, stopping will take at least 146 metres – over 480 feet!
Is it safe to drive in the rain?
It can be, if you moderate your speed, take into account reduced tyre grip and greater stopping distances. You’ll reduce the risks of accidents when you’re driving in the rain.
What is aquaplaning?
Aquaplaning is where your car tyres lose contact with the road when you hit a puddle or standing water too fast. The steering becomes light and it’s difficult to control of the car. If you think you might be aquaplaning, avoid braking but reduce your speed by easing off the accelerator. As your speed drops, you should regain control as your tyres grip the road.
How do you avoid aquaplaning?
You can avoid aquaplaning by reducing your speed when you drive on wet roads.