Wet road driving

We wanted to review some driving rules on wet roads. Indeed, driving in the rain is a particular exercise that comes with many constraining characteristics for the motorist. This article provides a summary!

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Impacting weather conditions

Modified grip

In the rain, your tyres will have less contact with the road than in dry weather.

The main symptom of this loss of grip is aquaplaning, which is the loss of control of the vehicle on a water-covered road. This occurs at higher speeds when the amount of water on the road is too great to be removed by the tire grooves, resulting in a total loss of grip.

Driving in wet conditions:

Reduce your speed in wet conditions and adapt the safety distances to allow for a greater braking distance. You should multiply this distance by two. 

Reduced visibility

Rain modifies the perception of distances. Similarly, visibility conditions are made difficult by the lateral water splashes from overtaking vehicles. In addition, the fogging created by condensation can lead to an obstruction of your visibility.

Turn on the low beam in wet conditions and in case of heavy rain the front fog lights. Only turn on your rear fog lights in very heavy rain or foggy conditions when there is no visible vehicle behind you. We also advise you to have the windscreen wipers in perfect condition so that they can clear the water as quickly as possible to improve your visibility. 

Turn on the vehicle's Air Conditioning to keep the windscreen (and all other glass) clear from mist.

More tips for your comfort

To maximize your safety, you can also opt for these little tips:

  • Fill up your tank: as weather conditions cause accidents and slowdowns on the road, you will probably need more fuel than expected.
  • Stay tuned to your radio to find out the safest route for you.
  • Rain, if too heavy, can cause damage to your vehicle. If you break down, keep your bonnet closed and call a specialist.

We hope this article has caught your attention, at Point S, road safety is a top priority, in any rainy season, it is important to be as careful as possible.

For more advice, please consult our other .articles and make an appointment with our Point S experts.