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Cars How to drive safely in heavy rain and floods

14:05  02 october  2019
14:05  02 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Thunderstorms set to batter Scotland for four days with homes at risk from floods

Thunderstorms set to batter Scotland for four days with homes at risk from floods Forecasters have warned of lightning strikes that could damage buildings as well as dreadful driving conditions caused by heavy rain.

With the Met Office warning of heavy rain in parts of the country this week, here are our tips for staying safe when the weather turns against you. Even a long detour is preferable to tackling a dangerously flooded road. If you have to drive through a flood first check how deep the water is.

With the Met Office warning of heavy rain in parts of the country this week, here are our tips for staying safe when the weather turns against you. If you have to drive through a flood first check how deep the water is. Get out and check, preferably using a stick to gauge the depth.

a car driving down a road next to a body of water © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

It’s a sad fact of life in Britain that we have to put up with more than our fair share of rain.

As well as the general damp, miserableness of it, heavy rain and associated flooding poses a real danger to road users - an RAC survey has found that one in 20 drivers' cars have broken down after driving through floodwater and seven per cent of those were so damaged they were written off.

With the Met Office warning of heavy rain in parts of the country this week, here are our tips for staying safe when the weather turns against you.

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DRIVING can be dangerous in even the most perfect weather conditions, so when you add heavy rain to the mix, things become far more risky. Getting your car prepared to drive in adverse weather conditions is just as important as how you handle it on the road. Before you set off, be sure to check

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Driving in heavy rain

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The first thing to do if you’re caught in heavy rain is to slow down and leave more space to the vehicle in front. Stopping distances as much as double in the wet due to a reduction in grip so you need to give yourself more time and space.

Put on your headlights. Heavy rain and spray reduces visibility for all road users. It’s important to put your headlights on not only to aid your vision but also to make your car more visible to other drivers. The Highway Code says you must use your headlights when visibility is less than 100 metres. Be careful about using fog lights, rear fogs can out-shine brake lights due to the glare and reflection from spray.

Be wary of puddles and standing water. What might look like a minor puddle at the side of the road could be hiding a deep pothole or dislodged drain cover that could cause serious damage to your car. Driving through even fairly shallow puddles could also cause aquaplaning, where your tyres’ tread is overwhelmed by the volume of water and they completely lose contact with the road. You’ll feel this as a lightening of the steering.

Britain braces for two weeks' worth of rainfall TONIGHT with residents warned of a risk of floods in parts of Scotland and northern England

Britain braces for two weeks' worth of rainfall TONIGHT with residents warned of a risk of floods in parts of Scotland and northern England Two weather warnings are in force in the UK - one for rain in Cumbria and Lancashire and another covering southern Scotland and northern England where up to 50mm of rain is expected. The rain warnings are due to be in place until midnight, with the public warned of difficult driving conditions and the risk of flooding. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Batter down the hatches: Dark rain clouds form over Glasgow this afternoon, where heavy rain was predicted this evening Elsewhere, a yellow thunderstorm warning was in place stretching from Cornwall to the top of East Anglia. That came to an end at 8pm.

DRIVING can be dangerous in even the most perfect weather conditions, so when you add heavy rain to the mix, things become far more risky. Getting your car prepared to drive in adverse weather conditions is just as important as how you handle it on the road.

DRIVING can be dangerous in even the most perfect weather conditions, so when you add heavy rain to the mix, things become far more risky. With a serious "danger to life" flood warning issued in some parts of the country, it's important Brits know how to stay safe on a wet road.

Driving through flood water

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Avoid it if you can. When faced with a seriously flooded road first check if there’s an alternative way round. Even a long detour is preferable to tackling a dangerously flooded road.

If you have to drive through a flood first check how deep the water is. Get out and check, preferably using a stick to gauge the depth. Remember as little as six inches of flowing water could knock you off your feet, so take care. According to the AA, just a foot of moving water will float a car and two feet of standing water is enough to do the same. It recommends that you shouldn’t try driving through anything more than four inches.

If you’ve determined it’s safe to proceed take it slowly and stick to the centre of the road. The crown, as it’s know, is the highest point so should be the shallowest section of the flood.

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Driving in the rain can be both scary and dangerous, and it's important to take wet weather seriously when you're on the road. There are lots of things you can do to make driving in the rain safer , including being prepared by making sure your car is ready and ensuring you can always see properly.

When driving in heavy rain or wind, be aware of your surroundings and take steps to help you arrive safely to your destination. Driving in conditions that involve strong wind or heavy rain can be relatively common and may not be the most pressing safety concern for many drivers , but Travelers

Don’t stop. Maintain a steady slow speed (3-4mph) and don’t change gear. If you need to, slip the clutch to keep revs up and speed down. In an automatic try braking gently while maintaining pressure on the accelerator. Moving slowly will help create a small bow wave which will stop the engine bay flooding. Stopping could flood the engine bay or could allow water to flow into the exhaust pipe - both of which are bad news.

Be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians. You don’t want to soak pedestrians or potentially flood or damage anyone else’s car.

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If you do get stuck, it’s usually safest to remain in the car and call for help. Obviously, you need to use your common sense as to whether this is the best option depending on your circumstances.

Once you’re clear of the flood dry your brakes. Apply them gently while driving slowly to remove the water from them.

Remember, modern cars are full of complex electrical systems which are vulnerable to water damage. Rushing through a puddle that forces water into the engine bay or wading into a deep flood could quickly cause expensive damage. Last year the AA rescued almost 9,000 vehicles that had driven through or were stuck in flood water, with an estimated insurance bill of more than £34 million.

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Weather forecast: Heavy rain and strong winds lining up to hit the UK .
The strongest winds are expected across the southwest coast of England and towards Hampshire and the Isle of Wight where gusts of up to 80 mph are likely in the morning.Gusts of 60-70 mph are forecast inland of the south and west coast.Flood warningsLarge waves from the wind could cause disruption on the southwest coast,  and the Met Office has warned of “dangerous conditions”.People are advised to avoid the areas and take care in case of falling debris.Heavy rain is due to hit a large swathe of the UK (Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)Heavy rain is expected across northeastern Scotland today (Sat).

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