Guide to driving in Rain

In the UK we’re no strangers to rain showers, but not every driver acknowlegdes that driving in the rain or on wet roads effects many different aspects of driving, from how well we can see, to how long it takes to stop.

Reduce your speed

It takes longer to stop

Remember that stopping distances increase when the roads are wet and the faster you're travelling, the bigger the increase. If you're travelling at 30mph, your stopping distance doubles, but if you're going at 60mph its triple. Leave at least a two second gap between you and the car in front.

The two second rule

The Highway Code recommends leaving at least a two second gap between you and the car in front at all times. Use a static object like a road sign to measure the distance. In wet weather you should double this distance to at least four seconds.

Keep your headlights on

Make yourself easy to see

Turning your headlights on in rain is important because rain and spray reduce your visibility, but even if you're driving in the daytime, headlights are an essential way to keep you visible to other motorists, who'll see you a lot sooner through the rain.

Reduce condensation

Keep things cool to avoid misting

Rain on the windows leads to a build up of condensation inside the car as the air in the cabin is warmer than it is outside. Use your air conditioning to stop your windows misting up and keep you view of the road crystal clear.

One final thing...

Save yourself from glare

Something it's easy to overlook when driving in wet weather is what happens when the rain stops. The water-covered surface of the road reflects sunlight like a mirror, so one of the most counter-intuitive tips for driving in the rain is to make sure you have sunglasses on hand in case the sun comes out.

Keep your car in top condition

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Keep your windscreen crystal clear

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