Top Tips for Driving Your Land Rover in Wet Conditions
Wet and rainy weather can make driving conditions hazardous and significantly more challenging. Take a look at our tops tips for driving your Land Rover safely in wet conditions.
Preparing to drive in wet weather
Prior to driving in wet conditions, remember to:
- Take a look at the latest travel and weather updates.
- Check your windscreen wipers – ensure your front and rear windscreen wipers are fully functional to improve visibility.
- Check your lights – ensure your headlights, side lights, brake lights and indicators are working to improve visibility and so your vehicle is visible to other drivers on the road.
- Make sure your tyres have sufficient tread – the minimum legal tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm but when driving in wet conditions, a 3mm tread depth is recommended to improve your Land Rover’s grip on the road.
- Ensure you have enough fuel for your journey.
Reduce your speed
Stopping distances are at least doubled in wet conditions as your vehicle’s tyres have less grip and traction on the road. When driving in heavy rain and wet weather, it’s important to slow down and leave more space (a four-second gap) between you and the car in front of you.
This also applies to driving your Land Rover in ice and snow.
Keep your headlights on
When it’s raining and visibility is poor, you want to make sure you can see the road ahead and other vehicles on the road, whilst ensuring other vehicles can also see you. Keep your headlights on dipped beam and avoid turning on your fog lights as they can be too bright and distracting for other drivers.
Avoid harsh braking and accelerating
Use fluid movements to work the pedals and accelerate and brake gently. Harsh, jerky movements can cause your car to skid on the wet road and you may lose control of your vehicle.
Stick to main roads
Where possible, stick to main roads when driving in wet weather as they’re less likely to be flooded. You may need to plan an alternative route if your desired route is heavily flooded.
Be cautious around standing water
Remember to be cautious when driving through standing water and deep puddles. If you’re concerned about the depth of a puddle, particularly on country roads, pull over and check the puddle’s depth first and drive through the water at a steady pace.
Once you’ve made it through the puddle, test your brakes as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Service your Land Rover today
The maintenance of your Land Rover is crucial, particularly when driving in harsher, wetter conditions over winter.
The team at Broadfields Garage offer a range of services including Land Rover servicing and repairs, 4×4 tyres and performance upgrades to put you in good stead for driving your Land Rover in wet conditions. Contact us today on 01371872940 to find out more.
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