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IAM RoadSmart urge drivers to take precautions when driving in the wet

Friday 16 September 2016, By Autovolo

IAM RoadSmart urge drivers to take precautions when driving in the wet

IAM RoadSmart urge drivers to take precautions when driving in the wet

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has urged drivers to make sure they are prepared for driving in the wet.

 

With recent downpours causing chaos on many of the UK’s roads, it is more important than ever to stay alert when behind the wheel.

 

Drivers are urged to check the condition of their windscreen wipers, as well as their headlight bulbs, before setting off on any journey. It is also advised that motorists take a look at the weather conditions for the route towards any destination, to ensure that they are properly prepared.

 

If you have any doubts about the depth of standing water, IAM advise you to not try your luck – there’s a good chance it’s deeper than you think.

 

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standard, said: “If your tyres begin to lose traction, ease off the accelerator, avoid braking and allow the speed to naturally decrease until you have full control of your car again.

 

“Driving in wet weather can be challenging, and with delays and increased concentration needed it can be more tiring too. By allowing increased time to stop and extending your following distance you can remain safe.”

 

One of the key pieces of advice that IAM is urging motorists to follow is to monitor their stopping distances. By leaving more room to the car in front, there’s a better chance that you’ll be able to avoid any potential collision. Checking the amount of spray given off by vehicles ahead of you is important too, as this can have a detrimental effect on visibility, too.