Published On: August 29th, 20180 Comments

Wet Weather Driving Tips

We’re often called out to assist people who’ve been caught in hazardous driving conditions. Our professional tow truck drivers are available to assist in any emergency 24 hours a day.

Despite the fact that Victoria experienced 33% lower than average rainfall in July, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, it has also experienced some wild winds and sudden downpours. This winter season has seen some heavy showers and thunderstorms due to cold fronts passing across the region. Wilson’s Promontory saw the wettest July day and also the strongest winds (max speed recorded at 146km/h).

Hazards of Driving in Bad Weather

Our expert tow truck drivers service Melbourne’s inner and outer suburbs, as well as, the Mornington Peninsula. They’ve listed some of the top hazards they see drivers struggle with in bad weather.

  1. Slippery Roads

The roads are often at their most slippery during the start of the rainfall. This is because of the oil and fluid built up on the road. It is important to increase your following distance to counteract any potential sliding when you apply brakes.

  1. Poor Visibility

If your vehicle is not equipped with headlights that can adjust to the prevailing weather conditions, ensure your headlights are on so that you are visible in poor conditions.

  1. Aquaplaning

In a sudden heavy downpour, the water may not have time to drain off the road surface. If you find you have no choice but to drive through a huge puddle, there’s a good chance your tires will lose traction. Don’t panic and don’t apply brakes – remember there’s no traction. Keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel to ensure the car stays in the lane and doesn’t veer off into passing vehicles. Glide through and once out you can apply brakes to slow the vehicle.

  1. Technology

In hazardous conditions it is always tempting to call a loved one to tell them about the horrendous conditions you’ve been caught in – don’t’ text or take your eyes off the road. Concentration is crucial – be aware of your surroundings and any other vehicles on the road.

Safe Driving Tips in Wet Weather

  • Reduce speed
  • Switch on your lights
  • Double your following distance
  • Avoid unnecessary lane changes
  • Avoid suddenly braking or accelerating
  • Stay in the middle of the lane
  • Never drive through floodwater
  • Don’t drive in cruise control – water on the road will slow your vehicle down and cruise control will try to compensate
  • Check road conditions before you start your journey

Gardenstate Towing in Melbourne

Our attitude is ‘whatever it takes’. Our tow truck drivers are keen to provide the best customer service to all of our clients. We offer 24-hour emergency service 7 days a week. If you’re ever faced with a roadside emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have the skills, equipment and know-how to solve any kind of vehicle emergency.

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