The BBC has issued warnings of more wet weather to come and with that the increased risk of localised flooding.
With this in mind, the Good Garage Scheme urges motorists to take extra care on the roads and would like to offer the following tips for safe driving in wet weather.
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicles ahead and be ready to brake earlier than normal.
- Avoid driving through flooded areas, but if you do need to drive through water, use first gear and make sure your brakes are working well once you have come through. If you are in any doubt, don’t drive any further.
- If you can’t tell how deep the water is ahead of you, find an alternative route.
- Aquaplaning is what occurs when a vehicle’s tyres come into contact with a layer of water instead of the surface of road, leaving a driver without control of the steering, acceleration or braking. To avoid the dangers of aquaplaning, slow down near water on the road and do not brake hard or turn the steering suddenly.
- Check your tyres before travelling and make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
If you are in any doubt as to whether your tyres are up to the challenges of the wet weather, please contact your local Good Garage Scheme member at www.GoodGarageScheme.com.