TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WET CONDITIONS

Tips for driving in wet conditions - Nunwading Engine Clinic

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WET CONDITIONS

The Bureau of Meteorology tells us we’ve got a wet spring ahead, so we wanted to share some tips for driving in wet and rainy conditions.

Pay Attention
Avoid distractions and keep your eyes on the road as you pay attention to the road conditions and other cars around you. Motorcyclists and pedestrians can be hard to see in the rain, so keep a close eye out.

Slow Down and Keep Your Distance
Keep your distance from the car in front of you. And not the usual distance, instead try to allow at least a five second gap, giving you more reaction time in the event it’s needed.

Drive in the Tracks
If it’s safe to, drive in the tracks left by the car in front of you. This can reduce the amount of water between your car tyres and the road.

Turn Your Lights On
Turn your headlights on before visibility becomes too low. Your headlights will not only help you see where you’re driving, but you’ll be able to see your dashboard and, most importantly, you’ll be visible to other drivers.

Don’t Brake Suddenly
Sudden braking puts you at risk of losing control of the car and hydroplaning, or aquaplaning. Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of and under the tyres builds up faster than the weight of the car and tyre tread (grooves) can push it out of the way, leading to the tyre no longer being in contact with the road, and causing your car to slide on that thin layer of water. So if you can, avoid sudden braking.

Allow Extra Travel Time
Everyone is slowing down and accidents happen, so leave a little earlier to get where you’re going.

Never Drive Through Water
If the road is flooded ahead, don’t drive through it. You don’t know how deep the water is (if it’s too deep your car will lose power and it will impact your exhaust, electrics and brakes), if the road underneath is damaged or if there are submerged debris you can’t see. If the water is fast flowing it poses the risk of your car being swept off the road. Always play it safe.

Check Your Tyres, Wipers and Demisters
Before going for a long drive in wet conditions, check the tyre pressure and tyre tread. Your car and tyres will have recommended pressures (check the manual), and it’s important that the tyre pressure matches the manufacture’s recommendation.
Your windscreen wipers become worn and brittle over time and should be replaced regularly, around every 12 months. Check your wipers are actually wiping the water away and not smudging it across the windscreen, as the later can impact your visibility whilst driving. While you’re checking the wipers, also make sure your front and back window demisters are working.

If Needed Wait It Out
If the weather is just too severe and visibility is too low, pull over once you have a safe place to do so and wait out the storm.

To have your car checked to make sure it’s in top condition for driving in wet weather, or to book in for a service, get in touch with our team.

Drive safe everyone!

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