With more heavy rain forecast throughout Hampshire today, and the high winds set to continue, motorists are being offered driving tips from the Roads Policing Unit (RPU).
Driving in rain means a driver’s stopping distance will double on a wet road.
Motorists should ensure that they maintain a safe distance and slow to a safe speed, as there will be a reduction in tyre grip.
If steering is suddenly unresponsive then it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road surface properly, so brake slowly and gently in order to slow down.
Rain and spray from other vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen. Drivers should therefore keep well back from the vehicle in front, and maintain a safe distance.
On flooded roads, don’t attempt to cross the water if it is too deep. Drive slowly in first gear and keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch. This will also stop you from stalling.
Avoid the deepest water, normally nearest the curb, and remember to test your brakes after you drive through water by pressing down on the brake pedal gently.
High-sided vehicles in particular are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist or even motorcyclist off course.
This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross winds, or when passing bridges or gaps in hedges.
In very strong winds, a vehicle is likely to be affected by turbulence created by larger vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. Make sure you keep well back from them when they are overtaking a high-sided vehicle.
Drivers are asked to remain vigilant, reduce speed and correct steering, especially when moving into unprotected areas exposed to high winds, or when meeting large vehicles.
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