IAM offers advice for driving on tyres in wet conditions

26th April 2012

With the UK facing a torrential downpour over the last few days, the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has published new advice for motorists facing the difficult conditions.

It follows a warning from the Met Office indicating the coming days could see heavy spells of rain across the country – making for dangerous driving.

Speaking on behalf of the IAM, chief examiner Peter Rodger stressed the potential danger that lies ahead, with tyre grip proving greatly reduced as a result of the weather.

"A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering,” he said.

"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."

The IAM meanwhile advised motorists to drive on the highest section of the road, avoid setting off when vehicles are approaching and to leave time and space between cars and pedestrians.

They also called on motorists to drive slowly and slip the clutch when driving in water, while also being careful to assess water levels before moving forwards.

Additionally, the road safety body called for drivers to keep their foot on the accelerator in deep water in a bid to reduce the flooding of exhaust systems and also to dry brakes once they are out of the water by applying them lightly as they drive along.

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