Motorists are being offered expert advice for staying safe when driving in heavy wind and rain.
The car rental experts StressFreeCarRental.com have offered guidance as treacherous weather conditions are set to sweep the nation this month.
Driving in the wind and rain can present many difficulties on the road from aquaplaning to poor visibility.
Before setting off on any journey in the harsh weather it’s vital to prepare in order to avoid any potential problems.
Checking tyre treads, windscreen wipers and making sure phone batteries are charged should all be part of the preparation.
A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “Bad weather can not only impact the performance of the car on the road but also the drivers too – so it’s important to take all of the necessary precautions in order to minimise accidents and such like.
“We’re urging motorists to take all the necessary steps to keep themselves and others on the road safe.”
StressFreeCarRental.com’s top tips for driving in the heavy wind and rain:
Is the journey necessary?
When the weather is unpredictable it’s best to ask whether the journey can wait for another time or if it is essential
Prepare for emergencies
Keeping jump leads, a torch and helpful other accessories in the car can be incredibly useful in the event of an emergency. However
Watch your speed
Wet weather can almost double the braking distance and can also make it difficult to handle your car especially if it is rear-wheel drive. It’s advisable to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front when driving in bad conditions.
Maintain the car
Ensuring windscreen wipers, tyre tread and tyre pressure before you set off. Keep your fuel, oil and screen-wash levels up.
Be aware of aquaplaning
When the steering feels lighter and your grip on the road feels weak this means you may be aquaplaning (driving on water with little or no grip on the road). Reducing vehicle speed and going easy on the brakes will help to have more control over the car.
Turning off cruise control can also be a massive help when it comes to driving in harsh weather.
Remember, if you’re in heavy rain the car in front will usually leave tracks in the water in front – staying in these tracks can also help to stop aquaplaning.
Utilising dipped headlights will make you visible to other drivers, especially in heavy rain. Making sure the vehicle in front is visible too can be a massive help when it comes to preempting any dangers or blockages in the road.
Although overtaking may appear safe, in windy conditions this act can become very dangerous and it’s advisable to avoid overtaking where possible.
If you do need to overtake another vehicle beware of sudden gusts of wind and pools of water, as these can blow vehicles of course and make overtaking very dangerous.