Prepare for April showers

JonathanApril 3, 2014

When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that you are unfamiliar with, whether it's with a car leasing deal or not, it's important to keep abreast of the latest driving advice to ensure that you are the best type of driver when you are behind the wheel.

However, it can be hard to know who to trust as nearly everyone has an opinion on which driving technique is best or safest. Far better than your mates or partner, for trusting with advice, is Britain's most advanced driver Peter Rodger.

The expert has teamed up with road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) to offer motorists tips about how to stay safe all year round.

With us heading into April, the latest advice is about how to make sure you are your car are prepared for heavy rain.

According to Mr Rodger, the best way to ensure you can see all the time behind the wheel is to set your heater controls before you set off. Rain means that your windows can quickly mist up, masking your view of the road. You don't want to be distracted when behind the wheel by having to mess with controls when you should be focused on the road ahead.

As a general rule of thumb, when you have to use your wipers to clear the windscreen, you should have your dipped lights on. This will make sure you are seen by other road users and will keep everyone safe. You will also need to adjust your wipers to a faster setting when overtaking other drivers, especially lorries.

Even light rain can wet the roads, meaning that you need to leave more space to allow you enough time to brake safely. Mr Rodger advises to keep your eyes on the road ahead so that you can prepare to brake, accelerate and steer, making your manoeuvres smooth.

Your stopping distance in rain is at least doubled meaning that you should slow down and give yourself more space to avoid spray from other vehicles.

Mr Rodger said: "A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but for the cyclists and motorcyclists in among them too."

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