Wet weather is a major factor in 1.2 million road accidents every year. What do you need to know so that you and your passengers don't become involved in one of them?

Before you go

Before you get started, make sure your vehicle is wet weather worthy. If the rubber inserts of your windshield wipers don't leave the glass squeaky clean with one swipe, replace them. Many garages and auto supply outlets will come out and replace them for you.

Check all lights switch on when required. While you're at it, give them a good wipe to remove dust and grime.

Check pressure and tread depth on all five tires. If you stick a quarter into the grooves and you can see above Washington's head, it's time to replace.

On the road

Reduce your speed and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front. Speed is almost always a factor in wet weather crashes, especially if it starts raining while you're en route. Turn on your headlights so other road users can see you.

Skids are a perennial hazard in the rain, and it's not always easy to understand what they mean by, 'steer into the skid.' It's easy. Look and steer into the direction you want to go, and don't panic or slam on the brakes.



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