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Tips For Driving Safely In Heavy Rain

Driving in Rain
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The blog this week is about driving safely in heavy rain and along flooded roads. We are now moving into the season of heavy rain so we thought we would put some top tips together to help you navigate safely through the season. Read on to find out more:

  1. Before setting off on your journey, set your heater controls correctly – rain can make windows fog up in seconds reducing your visibility. You don’t want to be fiddling with the controls because your windscreen is fogging up when you should be concentrating on the road ahead.
  2. Less haste - adapt your speed to the current weather conditions. In the rain your stopping distance should be at least doubled. Giving yourself more space from the vehicle in front helps you to avoid spray, especially when following a large vehicle on the motorway. Leaving more distance between you and the car in front should allow you to spot surface water more quickly too.
  3. Strong wind gusts can catch you off guard easily and unsettle your car, sometimes changing your direction of travel. Hold your steering wheel firmly at all times. It’s best to not use cruise control on wet roads!
  4. See and be seen. Put your lights on – as a rule of thumb, whenever you need to use your wipers you should also turn your headlights on, and before overtaking put your wipers on their fastest setting - this is because of increased spray from the car you are overtaking hitting your windscreen and reducing your visibility. 
  5. If there is flooding on the road that you are on it is advisable to drive on the highest section of the road and don’t drive into the flood if a vehicle is approaching you let it pass before you drive forward. Leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and pedestrians. Keep your foot on the accelerator driving slowly and steadily-do not stop!
  6. If driving a diesel car or van, check where the engine air inlet is. If it is below or close to the water level, the water could be sucked into the engine causing severe damage. Find an alternative route - don't take the risk as you may have problems claiming for a replacement engine under your insurance.
  7. Once you're out of the water, dry the brakes before you need them by using the brakes gently and only when it is safe to do so - do not stamp on them - be mindful of cars behind you. The best way is to lightly apply the brake as you drive along for a few seconds, after checking nothing is following you too closely.
  8. Always be mindful of cyclists and those on motorbikes - give them plenty of room.
  9. Ensure that your tyres have the correct tyre pressures and sufficient tread - if unsure pop into your local independent garage and ask for a tyre check - we offer this service free to our customers. Or read one of our many blogs on tyre safety.

Happy safe motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd, Independent Volvo & Toyota Car Servicing, Repair and MOT Specialists based in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 & the SME News Magazine Most Trusted Car Servicing Provider 2020, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.