As a result of the recent heavy rainfall, wet driving conditions and flooding are something many parts of the country have had to contend with. As well as being severely damaging for the homeowners affected, flooding can also be dangerous to drivers causing all sorts of problems on the roads which can lead to unexpected breakdowns. Below is some advice for how to deal with driving in severely wet conditions:
In heavy rainfall it’s really important to remember to at least double your stopping distance as road surfaces will be slippy and always use your headlights if visibility is less than 100m as stated in the Highway Code.
If you do breakdown in heavy rain, refrain from opening the bonnet if it’s possible as a significant amount of water on the engine can be damaging. Wait for the experts from Breakdown Direct to arrive before attempting to solve the problem.
Standing Water/Flood Water
Never drive through fast moving flood water
It’s always the best option to avoid driving through standing water if possible. However, if you have to go through it, always take it very slowly, drive in a low gear and do not stop until you have got through the water completely. Driving fast can cause water to get into your engine and have costly consequences.
Looking out for gullies or dips in the road where flood water will be deeper is wise and easier to avoid if you know the area. If it’s possible to do so, stop and see how other cars navigate the water before progressing – even if just a small amount of water gets into the engine it can be damaging.
Once through the flood water, always dry out your brakes by testing them gently.
Avoid Aquaplaning – where the pressure from the water outweighs the pressure of the tyres on the road surface. Aquaplaning can cause a loss of control when steering, braking or accelerating so can be very dangerous as you can potentially completely lose control of your vehicle. To prevent it, check your tyre pressure regularly, ensure you have sufficient tread depth and go very slowly through standing water. If it does happen and you’re effectively surfing on top of the water, resist the urge to break.
It’s always best to be prepared for all eventualities, and with more heavy rain forecast for the beginning of the year, ensuring you have the best breakdown cover from Breakdown Direct is essential.