Having a driving lesson in the rain for the 1st time can be daunting, but it has to be done. It’s important to learn to drive in the rain if possible, especially before you take your driving test.
If you have a good instructor he/she should make you aware of a few points before you commence driving in the rain.
Driving in Wet Conditions
1. How the windscreen wipers work. Especially before a driving test- This sounds so silly and basic, but there are pupils who take their driving lessons in Luton without seeing any rain and then it comes to the big day and their instructor hasn’t told them how to operate the windscreen wipers properly. The pupil sets off for their test and it starts raining. The examiner is entitled to fail you for use of ‘ancillary controls’ if you cannot operate the wipers when required.
2. Driving stopping distance and the rain– hopefully you know, but if you don’t your overall stopping distance will significantly increase in the rain. Your stopping distance at 30mph is 23 meters, which is around 6 car lengths. However, in the rain, it will double. At 40mph onwards, it is important to apply the driving 2 second rule in dry conditions, this will double in the rain to 4 seconds.
3. Driving and Aquaplaning– Is when your vehicle loses contact with the road surface due to the layer of water that is between your tyres and the road. The main causes of this are: Increase in water on the surface of the road, increase in vehicle speed, tyre wear and inflation. If you ever feel your vehicle feeling lighter than normal at high speeds, then just come off the gas and avoid braking too firm.
4. Reduced visibility- When it is raining heavily, this can often make the road markings less visible in the road. The safest thing to do on the approach to a junction that you maybe unfamiliar with the lane positioning is to check your mirror/s and slow down earlier than normal. Assess the vehicles in front. Look at their positioning and their direction indicators, this could give you some clues to the lane you actually want. If there are three lanes on the approach, then head for the middle lane initially so you still have access to the left and the right hand lane in the event you realise your not in the correct lane.
5. Spraying pedestrians- If you’re driving in built up areas, then just be aware of pedestrians standing or walking next to the road. If you see a big puddle approaching, check your interior mirror and then your relevant door mirror before moving out.
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