The UK has been enjoying so fantastic weather in recent weeks, but with the sun also comes swift summer storms. The safest action is to stay at home - but if you have to go out in your car then here is some great tips from the Institute of Advanced Motoring on how to cope:
“- Before you set off, set your heater controls – rain can make the windows mist up in seconds. You don’t want to be fiddling with controls when you should be concentrating on the road.
- See and be seen. Put your lights on – as a rule of thumb, whenever you need to use your wipers you should also turn your dipped headlights on, and before.
- Keep your eyes on the road ahead and plan your driving so that you can brake, accelerate and steer smoothly – harsh manoeuvres will unbalance the car.
- Slow down. In the rain stopping distance is at least doubled. Giving yourself more space also helps to avoid spray, especially when following a large vehicle.
- If you have cruise control, avoid using it on wet roads – you need to pay more attention to the road surface conditions and alter your speed gently.
- Strong winds can also unsettle your car and even change your direction of travel.
- Grip your steering wheel firmly and also be ready for the effects of the wind on other road users, particularly motorcyclists and flat-sided vehicles like lorries.”
Keep yourself, your car and other road users safe in the event of a sudden summer storm by following this helpful advice.