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Driving In the Rain – Safety Tips

Cruise control systems are designed to accurately maintain a driver's desired set speed, without any intervention from the driver. This is considered to be cautious way of maintaining a steady speed, although few motorists are aware of the dangers of using cruise control whilst driving in the rain.

In a recent accident which occurred as a result of the driver using cruise control in the rain, a police officer informed the shaken motorist that if the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydro-plane when the tyres lose contact with the road and that the vehicle will accelerate to a higher speed. This is why cruise control should never be used when the road is either wet or icy.
It is vitally important that motorists are aware of these dangers, in order to prevent serious or fatal accidents occurring in the future.

Read on to find out more safety tips for driving in the rain:

  • Slow down – it takes longer to stop in the rain, so ensure you don’t accelerate quickly or drive above the recommended speed limit. Be cautious of the potential hazards and slow down.
  • Keep your distance – we should all do this regardless of the weather conditions, but this is of particular importance in wet or icy driving conditions.
  • Turn your lights on – even in light rain and more so in foggy or glooming conditions, ensure you have your side lights on, alerting other drivers to your presence.
  • Maintenance – general car maintenance is self-explanatory, but specifically in relation to maximising your safety in the rain, it is important to ensure you replace old or brittle windscreen wipers.
  • Visibility – If the rain becomes too heavy and visibility is therefore limited, stop driving immediately; pull into a service station, or another safe place to sit out the worst of the weather.

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