Driving in heavy rain in UK roads can be very hazardous. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you prepare for wet weather and avoid getting in a still flood or damaged road surface that may damage your wheels or vehicle.
Increased numbers always in breakdown recovery during periods of wet weather, as the damp causes problems with engines and electrical systems, particularly in older vehicles. If you must drive, you can take a few safety steps to reduce your chances of an accident or breakdown dramatically.
Most rain-related breakdowns are easily avoidable as they are often caused by people driving through deep standing water. While cars have improved significantly in technical terms in recent years they are still not waterproof and will break down if they are driven through deep water. This can lead to catastrophic engine failure which will be extremely expensive to put right.
A serious flood-related engine damage incident is typically caused by water being sucked into the engine which causes the engine to seize and can in turn damage important engine components including piston connecting rods and other major parts.
This possibly means a new engine will have to be fitted, with the hassle of finding the cash to pay for the parts and labour. what people generally don’t understand is that it may not be the owner who is likely to have foot the expensive garage bill unless they can demonstrate to their insurer – like any accident – that it was not their actions that caused the damage.
Some tips before setting off.
- Think whether your journey is essential. If not, can it be delayed until after the rain has stopped?
- Plan your route in advance, take extra care to avoid areas which are prone to flooding, and taking in to account extra time to allow for slower speeds and potential congestion
- Make sure your screen wash is topped up and Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If both front and back blades are not up to scratch, get them replaced
- Make sure you fill up your fuel tanks. You may need extra fuel when Using your lights heaters radio and being caught in traffic use more fuel than driving in normal conditions.
Advance planning can avoid unnecessary and nasty surprises.