It's wet, wet, wet - so take care on the roads, urges IAM

IAM offers bad weather advice
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has released some good advice on how best to drive in bad weather.

With Britain being battered by gale-force winds and the country experiencing sharp showers, attentions have turned to road safety.

Topping the advice is speed. "Slow down", says the IAM. "In the rain your stopping distance should be at least doubled. Giving yourself more space helps you to avoid spray, especially when following a large vehicle."

Strong winds can unsettle cars too, say the institute. Its advice? "Grip your steering wheel firmly and be aware of the effects of the elements on other road users, particularly motorcyclists and flat-sided vehicles."

The words of advice also include recommendations on not engaging cruise control as it may lead to aquaplaning, and putting your headlamps on.

Thinking of making a journey on roads which could be severely flooded?

If the journey is unavoidable, and you have to drive through deep water, the IAM recommends motorists drive on the highest section of the road; leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and pedestrians; and don't take your foot off the accelerator as this could allow water to travel up the exhaust pipe.

Drivers should also try their brakes as soon as they drive out of water to dry them off.
Peter Rodger, the IAM's chief examiner, said: "A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and motorcyclists too.

"When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down."