Following on from our previous post about knowing our braking distances, we are going to look at considerations when driving in wet conditions.
First, we have to understand that it takes twice as long to stop in wet conditions.
Safe Braking Tips For Wet Roads
It is important to remember that any moisture on the road will change the surface traction and effect the way your car brakes.
At 80km/h, a car’s tyre has a thousandth of a second to clear away the water and provide road adhesion. At higher speeds, a tyre (no matter how advanced its traction might be said to be) will ‘ride’ rather than penetrate the film of water on the road. It can be like skating on ice.
In addition to road condition, it is difficult to see clearly in the rain. To improve safety when driving in wet weather..
- Make sure your windscreen is kept clean inside and out.
- Ensure your windscreen wipers are in good condition
- Make sure your tyres, brakes and suspension are in peak condition
- Turn your headlights on to low beam
- Use your air conditioner to prevent your windscreen from fogging up
Remember, it is vital that your cars critical braking systems are in peak condition to keep you safe. This includes your tyres, brakes and suspension.