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Driving in Rain

by Mark Nolan
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Changes in the weather provides significant risk to road users, and so our driving must be adapted at all times.

Rain is one of the biggest contributors to weather related incidents.

In Spain, long, dry periods are often followed by significant rainfall.

In the first rainfall after a dry spell, the roads are particularly hazardous, as water falls onto the dust and surface coating on the road, creating extremely poor adhesion in places.

Plus, drainage systems are not always able to cope with the immediacy of the downpour, and so roads become flooded, particularly in dips which are designed to control the flow of water.

When driving in wet weather, slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front. This will mean that you should allow extra time for your journey, or be prepared to arrive late. It is far better to arrive late, than not at all.

Movements should be slow and steady, not harsh, to ensure your tyres are able to maintain as much grip as possible, and if you think you or your vehicle are not prepared to drive in wet conditions, then don´t.

Windscreen wipers and headlights will allow for better visibility, not only for you, but other road users too.

Take care, take it easy and take it slow.

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