- April 19, 2016
- By dakstoyota
- In Floods, Rain
Rushing to work is common every morning but should not be at the expense of others, they too be rushing to work. A little consideration on your part could be of help to them. Imagine splashing dirty water on their clothing and yet they have to go to work, they are left with no option than turn back and get other clothing hence reaching work late. It could even cost them their job.
In heavy rain
You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced – generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet)(Highway Code).
You may use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves (Highway Code).
Improve vision in wet weather by renewing windscreen wipers if worn or damaged.
Stopping distances increase on wet roads. Double the distance you leave between you and the car in front.
If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
Floods and standing water
Don’t enter flood water that is moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep.
Allow oncoming traffic to pass first and drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave. Test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water.
Don’t try driving through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach – your car could easily be swept away.
Slow down and try to avoid standing water if you can.
Driving fast through standing water is:
dangerous – tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control in what’s known as ‘aquaplaning’. If you do experience aquaplaning, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip.
inconsiderate – driving through water at speeds above a slow crawl throws water onto pavements, soaking pedestrians or cyclists. You could face a hefty fine and 3-9 points if the police believe you were driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. Some one angry could also throw a stone at your car for splashing dirt on them. Always be considerate
expensive – the air intake on many cars is low down at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage. All engines are affected but turbo-charged and diesel engines are most vulnerable.
As you drive slowly through standing water, use a low gear so the engine rev’s are higher; water in the exhaust could otherwise damage the catalytic convertor.
Do not drive into water where downed power lines have fallen as electric current can be conducted by water.
Be particularly cautious entering a flooded area at night as it is much more difficult to identify potential hazards.