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What you need to know about driving in the rain
Being a learner driver in the UK means you’ll have to know a thing or two about driving in the rain! You might even have your driving test on a rainy day. So, here’s a few tips to keep you and others safe on the road during a down pour.
Check your wipers before driving in the rain
Before you set off for your drive, make sure your car is fully equipped for the rain. Make sure they’re in full working order and clean! Check their sweep beforehand to make sure you’ve got full visibility!
Avoid deep puddles
If water gets into your car’s mechanics, it could result in damage. So, try to avoid deep puddles when you can!
If you have to drive through a large puddle, make sure you slow right down to avoid spraying. Driving through puddles can sometimes cause your car to aquaplane, where your steering could become unresponsive. If this happens, do not panic and do not slam on your brakes. This could actually cause you to skid further. Instead, slowly ease your foot off the accelerator to gradually gain control.
If you’re driving in heavy rain, you’ll need to turn your dipped headlights on. This is not only for your benefit, but the benefit of other road users. Rain can decrease visibility, so make sure to switch them on.
Increase your stopping distance
An essential part of staying safe on the roads, is knowing your stopping distances. These are the distances between you and the car in front that will ensure you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops.
Usually, you would leave a two-second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front. When you’re driving in the rain, you’ll need to double your usual stopping distances.
Ask your instructor for advice
Your driving instructor knows your driving style best and will be able to offer you tips where you need it. If you’ve got a driving lesson planned and it’s raining, don’t be tempted to cancel! Think about how many times you’ll have to drive in the rain once you pass. It’s best to get to grips with it as soon as possible.
As a learner driver, you should be prepared for driving in all weather conditions. The best way to get to grips with any kind of weather conditions is whilst you have an experienced driver sat next to you. So, don’t shy away from driving in the rain as a learner!
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