Fleet managers are being reminded to make sure staff are aware of the dangers they are likely to face on the roads at this time of year, with wet weather creating an increased risk for motorists.
Dan Crosby, brand Manager at Mileage Count, said: “It is important to remember that, when driving in the wet, stopping distances can be at least double those seen in the dry and therefore motorists should remember to tailor their speed appropriately to the conditions they find themselves in, while also planning further ahead when carrying out manoeuvres or coming to a stop."
A lack of tread depth will mean water on the road's surface cannot be as efficiently displaced, meaning accidents are more likely for vehicles that have poorly maintained tyres.
Mileage Count has the following tips for all road users planning journeys in the wet:
- You need to be able to see and be seen - something that can become more difficult now the nights are drawing in.
- Visibility can be easily impaired in heavy rain or by spray from other vehicles, so drivers should always ensure they are able to come to a complete stop in the distance they can see in front of them.
- Make sure to turn on lights when it begins to get dark or in heavy rain.
- Keep windows and the windscreen clean to avoid smears that can further reduce visibility for roads users.
- Remember the possibility of aquaplaning will be increased considerably when roads are wet and even more so if drivers fail to regularly examine the state of their tyres.