Mark Blundell's Tips for Driving in the Rain

By Mark Blundell
on June 21, 2019 12:03:27 PM BST

Mark Blundell's Tips for Driving in the Rain

By Mark Blundell
on June 21, 2019 12:03:27 PM BST

We asked ex-Formula 1 and current BTCC driver Mark Blundell for his expert tips on driving safely in wet conditions. This is what Mark had to say.

Take your time…

Even Formula One drivers lap times are slower in the wet. Slow down and allow more space. Not only are stopping distances increased in the wet but reaction times can be longer due to decreased visibility.

Dip your lights…

You should do all you can to increase your visibility and using dipped lights will help others see you more clearly.

Are your tyres safe?

Grip decreases in the wet so the importance of having good tyres is increased. No racing driver would choose to go out in slicks in torrential rain, so why should your road car be any different? Make sure your tyres have the recommended legal tread depth.


Ease off when aquaplaning…

Driving too fast in seriously wet weather can cause your tyres to lose contact with the road, causing you to aquaplane. If your steering begins to feel light, ease off the accelerator and do not brake. Once your speed reduces, you will regain control again.


Beware of larger vehicles…

Lorries, trucks and fasting moving vehicles are more likely to create large amounts of excess spray. Be wary of this as it can drastically momentarily impede your visibility.

 

Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

 

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