Top tips for drivers to keep safe during wild weather – as Storm Eunice blasts Britain with fierce gusts

DRIVERS have been warned not to drive during Storm Eunice unless it is absolutely necessary as Britain is blasted by 100mph gales.

Here we look at driving experts' top tips to keep safe during the wild weather if Brits do need to be on the road.


Storm Eunice has sparked two rare red weather warnings today, with millions told to stay home and schools shut in parts of the UK in what could be the worst winds in 30 years.

The Met Office issues warnings ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause "damage, widespread disruption and danger to life".

The warnings are given a colour to reflect the seriousness and likelihood of the impact, ranging from yellow, amber and red.

Red is the most serious of the weather warnings.

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It means "extreme weather" and danger to life is expected.

As the UK continues to be hit by rain and stormy weather, Halfords Motoring Director Richard Bruce has shared his advice on how drivers can stay safe on the road during the wet weather.

SLOWER SPEED

“It might sound obvious, but driving slower during wet weather can be a real life-saver. Visibility decreases significantly in the rain so the rule of thumb is to increase your stopping distance by double the amount used during dry conditions. 

TYRE INFLATION

Whilst you should always keep tyre inflation and condition in tip-top shape, it's something to be particularly aware of when driving on wet roads. 

Under-inflated tyres are not only a leading cause of grip loss during wet conditions but also increase braking distance, so it’s always best to make sure they’re properly inflated. 

It’s also illegal for a tyre's tread depth to be at or below 1.6mm and you could be hit with a £10,000 fine if caught with unroadworthy tyres.

BRAKING

When driving in wet conditions, aquaplaning can be another dangerous hazard for all drivers. 

This occurs when a layer of water builds between the road and tyres, causing the tyre grip to reduce significantly and increasing the risk of the car spinning out. 

To deal with this effectively, don’t brake suddenly as this can make the spinning or sliding worse, simply reduce the speed in a gentle and controlled manner. 

VISION

Lastly, make sure you keep your windscreen clean and clear. As it gets wet, drivers might notice a build up of dirt and grime on windscreens, making visibility much worse than usual. 

WIPERS

As part of your windscreen check, make sure that your wipers are up to scratch. 

If your wiper blades need replacing, we recommend upgrading them to ones that will last longer, are quieter, and even leave a hydrophobic coating for further improved visibility. 

Don’t worry if you’re unsure about fitting them yourself, you can get them fitted at either a Halfords store or Autocentre. 

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