posted 4 years ago

Coping With Summer Downpours

Rain after a long period of dry weather makes the roads slipperier than a dodgy double- glazing salesman.

Rain after a long period of dry weather makes the roads slipperier than a dodgy double- glazing salesman. Downpours seem to appear from nowhere too, and can reduce visibility to nothing. As such, Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has a few tips:

- Visibility will be reduced. If you encounter a sudden downpour, slow down to the point where you will be able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear.

- Stopping distances will also be far longer than on dry roads. Allow at least twice as much time as usual to stop. Make sure you have plenty of tread on your tyres for optimum grip.

- Think about replacing wipers that smear – fresh wipers will help you cope with unexpected showers.

- Keep your windscreen bottle topped up with water and an appropriate screen wash – don’t use washing up liquid, which causes smears. Dead flies on the windscreen are a particular issue over the warmer months, and also smear when wipers are used. Clean the inside and outside of the screen regularly and you won't get caught out if it suddenly rains.

Mr Elstow said: "Rain after a long period of dry weather makes the road surface extremely slippery. A combination of oil, loose gravel and dried rubber all make conditions more dangerous."