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UK Car Finance - safety tips for driving in the rain

Turn on headlights

Your headlights are crucial when driving in the rain. Usually, when bad weather hits it also means dark skies, however, don’t forget to turn on your headlights even when its raining and the sun is shining! Your headlights enable more visibility for yourself and allow other drivers the ability to see your car more clearly.

5-6 second distance rule 

When the road is wet or icy, your braking and stopping distance is increased, meaning that you should increase your following distance to 5-6 seconds. You can check your following distance by choosing a fixed point that is even with the car in front of you (e.g a bridge or road sign) and if you can reach the same point before you can count to 5-6 seconds, you are too close.

Look out for pedestrians

Heavy rain can decrease your visibility, which includes other cars and also pedestrians.  When rain hits, many pedestrians tend to rush to their destination which may make them less observant and more likely to take risks crossing the road. You should be extra cautious of what’s going on around you when driving in the rain.

Don’t follow trucks or buses too closely

As mentioned, driving too close to other drivers is very dangerous! When you drive behind a bus or truck, your visibility is massively reduced and you usually can’t see anything in front, meaning that you can’t anticipate a crash or accident. In heavy rain, drivers also experience spray from the wheels of the driver in front, this can affect your ability to see ahead and tends to be worse on larger vehicles.

Avoid sudden motion

A wet road means less traction. You should avoid speeding and making sudden motions as your vehicle won’t be able to react as well as it normally would on a dry road.

Avoid heavy rain

Just like with heavy snow, you are advised to only drive if you really need to. Heavy rain pour can be just as dangerous as snow or ice. If you drive in the rain, you can be a victim of hydroplaning, which is where a layer of water builds up under the tyre and causes the driver to lose control.

Drive slowly 

You should take more care when driving in the rain and reduce your speed. When you drive faster, more rain hits your windscreen and reduces your visibility. Driving slower allows more traction between you and the road and reducing your speed allows you to react to situations quicker.