It is always advisable to consider before you set off, is your journey really essential? If your journey is essential and cannot be delayed, then there are steps you can take to ensure your safety on the road.
- Plan your journey in advance taking care to avoid an areas that are prone to flooding and ensure you allow extra time for slower speeds and possible congestion on the roads.
- Decrease your speed – in heavy rain/flooding conditions are ripe for aquaplaning (when your car’s tyres float across standing water, causing loss of traction and control).
- If your steering becomes light you could be aquaplaning – To regain control and grip, ease of the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to decrease until you regain control.
- Know your tyres – They are the only part of your car that are in contact with road. Make sure you check your tyre tread regularly. Simply take a 20p coin and stick in it one of the grooves on your tyre to check the tread depth, if the outer band of your 20p coin stays in the groove your tread is ok.
- Use the right lights – If there is fog or heavy rain, ensure your low beam lights are on to increase visibility.
- Back off – increase the distance between you and the car in front – increase the 2 second rule (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) to 4 seconds in heavy rain.
- Also carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies and tell your family where you’re going, the route you are taking and what time you are due to arrive at.