Driving Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain Conditions

Do's and dont's driving tips for driving in heavy rain conditions
With typical Irish weather on the way in we are going to see some very heavy rain conditions coming our way. Its even more important to drive safe and we here at Cogans have compiled some 'Do's and Dont's' driving tips for driving in heavy rain conditions. Drive safe!

Do's

 

Drive Slowly

  • While it may seem obvious this is of the utmost importance. As you may already know it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and keep extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Be aware of aquaplaning especially on roads that are over 100km/h and 120km/h.

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Keep an eye out on the road for falling or fallen debris. The environment can be just as dangerous as the road itself, be careful about veering around objects with oncoming traffic and be aware of objects on the other side of the road as oncoming cars can also veer around the debris.

 

Keep Control of the Vehicle

  • This may also seem basic but keeping control of the vehicle is vitally important. Strong crosswinds can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and with only one hand on the wheel the consequences would be catastrophic.
  • If you have found the need to drive through high water make sure to lightly break after to dry up the breaks.

 

Visibility

  • Take special care of driving behind goods vehicles and keep a good distance as they can send out extra spray behind them and reduce visibility of the road ahead.
  • Always drive with dipped headlights on as it makes you more visible for other cars on the road.

 

 

Don't

 

Cruise Control

  • Sometimes you will have to slow down by lifting off the accelerator this cannot be done while on cruise control.
  • Cruise control can also make you more relaxed and make you give less attention to the road.

 

Hard Breaking

  • As mentioned in the previous point slowing down should be done by releasing the accelerator rather than breaking when possible. Hard breaking can result in a dangerous skid.
  • Sharp turning can also be very dangerous and should be avoided in heavy rain conditions.

 

 

In the Event of a Skid

 

It should be mentioned that anyone can experience a skid, it doesn’t just happen to 'bad drivers'.

In the event of a skid; it is important not to panic, there are 3 things that you should do if you find yourself in a skid.

  1. Continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want to go.
  2. Avoid slamming on the breaks this can make it harder to control the vehicle and it can also cause an upset in the balance in the vehicle and can cause it to flip.
  3. To slow down in a skid let off on the accelerator instead of breaking

 

 

 

For driving tips on driving in black ice conditions click here

 

Drive Safe!