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Top tips for drivers to stay safe in inclement weather

DRIVERS have been warned not to drive during storm Eunice unless absolutely necessary as Britain will be blown away by fierce winds, heavy rain and snow.

Here we look at driving experts’ top tips for staying safe in inclement weather should Britons need to be on the road.

A driving expert offers top tips for staying safe during a storm

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A driving expert offers top tips for staying safe during a stormCredit: Alamy

The life-threatening red weather warning covers the Devon and Cornwall coasts, as well as the south Wales coast, and will be in effect from 7am on Friday.

Met Office give warnings before severe or dangerous weather potentially causing “damage, destruction on a large scale and danger to life”.

Alerts are colored to reflect the severity and likelihood of an impact, ranging from yellow, amber and red.

Red is the most severe weather warning.

It means “severe weather” and danger to life is expected.

As the UK weathers stormy weather, Richard Bruce, Halfords CEO shared his advice on how motorists can stay safe on the road in wet weather.

SLOW SPEED

“It sounds obvious, but driving slower in wet weather can be a real life-saver. Visibility is greatly reduced in the rain, so as a rule of thumb, increase your stopping distance to twice as long as it would last in dry conditions.

TIRE INFLATION

While you should always keep your tires inflated and in brand new condition, it’s something to be especially mindful of when driving on wet roads.

Overinflated tires are not only a leading cause of grip loss in wet conditions, but also increase braking distance, so it’s best to make sure they’re properly inflated.

A tread depth of 1.6mm or less is also illegal and you can be fined £10,000 if caught with under-road tyres.

BRAKE

When driving in wet conditions, water-based paint can be another dangerous hazard for all drivers.

This happens when a layer of water collects between the road surface and the tyre, causing a significant reduction in tire grip and increasing the risk of the vehicle spinning out.

To effectively deal with this, don’t brake hard as this can make spinning or skidding worse, just slow down gently and in a controlled manner.

VISION

Finally, make sure you keep your windshield clean and well-ventilated. When it’s wet, drivers may notice dust and dirt build up on the windshield, making visibility worse than usual.

WIPERS

As part of the windshield inspection process, make sure your wipers are highly scratched.

If your wiper blades need replacing, we recommend upgrading them to one that lasts longer, is quieter, and even leaves behind a hydrophobic coating to further improve visibility.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure about fitting them yourself, you can buy them at a Halfords or Autocentre store.

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Fry Electronics Team

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