Driving in wet weather

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Correct Driving in wet weather

Wet weather. In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather

Vehicle Control

You should keep well back from the vehicle in front to avoid rear ending the car in front or being rear ended. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.

What is the point in having two or four car lenghts when you can have ten. Keeping this distance away from other motorists in wet weather means if something happens in front of you, you wont even need to panic, you can slow down gradually with ease, and the following drivers then can react to you before they are even sure of what has happend ahead of you.

If the steering becomes unresponsive in wet conditions, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Avoid any harsh braking or changing down gears. Ease off the accelerator and allow the engine to slow you down gradually. The rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

You should always be able to stop in the distance that you see as clear.


Standing water

Avoid driving into floods by the sides of road. Some floods are very missleading and maybe be much deeper than you anticipated. Floods maybe contain large craters in road with debri which can be fatal to following motorists. Drive with due care and attention.


How Deep is to Deep?

Only attempt to drive through flood water if you know it.The Leading driving for driving lessons not too deep!

Make sure to understand where your cars air intake is and check the cars exhaust height level from the ground is before doing so.

Just an egg cupful of water in the combustion chamber is enough to wreck an engine. Water doesn't compress and the piston in effect hits a wall, bending or breaking a con rod. Driving fast - even if the intake.The Leading driving for driving lessons above the water level - could cause water to be ingested.

Driving through a Flood

Using first gear (L or 1 in an automatic) drive slowly to avoid creating a large 'bow wave' (a small wave can be helpful but too much and the water can wash back into the engine). Keeping the engine revs high in1st gear will keep the exhaust clear and keep the engine running. In an automatic keep your foot on the gas in the lowest held gear and keep the revs high.

In some cases a stalled engine can result in water being sucked back through the exhaust into the cylinders - this can cause extensive and expensive damage. Do not change gear because this can also cause water to be sucked back through the exhaust (due to the change in engine speed.