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Wet Weather Driving Newton Abbot

Wet Weather Driving Newton Abbot

Here at Monnington Motors, we have the best advice on wet weather driving in Newton Abbot to ensure you stay safe when travelling in the unpredictable British weather. Whether its pre-journey checks or tips for the road you’re looking for, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to make these journeys as stress free as possible for you.

What Should I Do Before Driving In Bad Weather?

If you are a first-time driver or generally a nervous driver, you’ll probably be asking yourself ‘what should I do before driving in bad weather?’. The answer to this is simple so we’ve broken it down into a simple checklist for you below:
  • Check your tyres – will the tread allow enough grip?
  • Check your lights – whether it be inside or out, you’ll not want to be caught out in bad weather with a light out.
  • Plan your journey – try to avoid places where traffic will be particularly slow as this is when accidents happen, also avoid roads which have bad terrain.
  • Charge your phone – if you do have an incident, having a charged phone will save having to walk to the nearest help phone.
If the weather is planning on getting worse, maybe consider if the drive is worth the risk.

Bad Weather Driving Tips

As we have been in the industry for many years, we have a lot of knowledge on bad weather driving tips. A lot of these may seem obvious to some but you’d be surprised what you miss when the stress of a risky journey is on your mind. It’s important to remember that your stopping distance doubles on wet roads so be sure to be alert and take regular breaks if you are travelling a long distance. Also ensure your lights and windscreen wipers are working properly as you do not want to have low visibility in bad conditions. Keep up to date with travel information on your local radio or even turn traffic alerts on in your vehicle if that is an option. You’ll want to avoid traffic or flooded roads and remember if water seems to be higher than ankle height, do not attempt to drive through it as it will seriously damage your vehicle. Driving at high speeds over running water on roads is also very dangerous as you will begin aquaplaning – when you lose control of the steering as your tyres aren’t gripping the road. To get out of this situation, refrain from harsh raking and ease off the accelerator to slow down instead.

Breakdown Recovery Newton Abbot

It is not hard to find breakdown recovery Newton Abbot that can reach you in no time at all. A simple Google search brings up a lot of numbers, but you should consider either learning or saving some numbers in your phone, in case you break down in an area with low service. Until you are reached, be sure to keep your bonnet down and find some cover away from your car to be safe from the road of any possible danger.

Monnington Motors Newton Abbot

If you have any worries that your car isn’t fit to be driving in bad weather, come to us at Monnington Motors and we’ll put your mind at rest. Whether its just general checks or car repairs you’re looking for, our experts can help you. Call 01626 363 630 today to book an appointment or find out more about our local garage services.
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