Driving safely in wet conditions

Here at Suffolk Redcross, we care greatly about public safety, we believe that every person on this earth should feel safe and should be safe in every task they are carrying out throughout the day. A huge percentage of activities involved in a day will have some interaction with an automobile, be that driving one, walking past one or having one drive past you. These days car an essential part of everyday life, potentially in the future we could move away from an automobile society but for now, we need to do everything we can to make our streets and roads safe. Safety incidents involving a vehicle are an incredibly common occurrence, especially in the wet.

Driving in the rain

Driving in the rain can be tricky, the wet and greasy roads, reduced visibility, other drivers driving differently than they normally would and just a general feeling of unease. These factors, combined with the already incredibly risky task of just driving can add up to a disaster waiting to happen. The single most important thing that you can do to improve your driving in the rain, to make sure you are as safe as you can be is to make sure that your vehicle’s tires are serviceable. I see a lot of people driving around with tires that are way too worn out to be driving on the road, let alone a wet road. This is by far the simplest thing you can do to help improve your safety, tires can be a little bit expensive but you can get really good quality seconds that are not as expensive you just have to hunt around. The peace of mind from new tires is definitely worth it though.

In my opinion, one of the other major problems in the wet is that it changes the way everyone drives, I’m sure that you have had experience in the wet where someone in front of you is driving 30 kilometres under the speed limit. Not only is this incredibly frustrating, it is exceptionally unsafe. If people were to drive at the speed limit it would greatly increase the safety on the road, people driving slowly means you have to slow down and sometimes rather suddenly. Now obviously take this advice with a grain of salt, the problem is people slowing down greatly on days with just light drizzle or just a normal amount of rain, this is what I want people to stop. However, I am sure you have been driving when it is absolutely bucketing down and you cannot even see two feet in front of your car. In these scenarios, it is definitely safer to drive significantly slower, as with everything common sense is required which sometimes seems to be lacking.

Driving on the roads can be scary at the best of times when it is raining I recommend that you try to drive as normally as you can, make sure your car is serviceable and just drive in a smart and predictable way. Always drive carefully and keep an eye out for other drivers, if you are a decent driver the other party will be at fault a majority of the time so make sure you drive as defensively as you can!