Drivers warned to be careful in wet weather

Cotswold Journal: Drivers warned to be careful in wet weather Drivers warned to be careful in wet weather

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police are reminding motorists to drive responsibly and safely as heavy rain is forecast for the weekend.

The forecast is predicting rain throughout tomorrow which could cause some flooding and surface water across the county’s roads.

Sergeant Kevin Roseblade, is urging drivers to help keep the county's roads safe by thinking about their braking distance.

"Don’t forget that braking distances can more than double on wet road surfaces," he said. "Keep your speed steady and slow and keep plenty of space between you and the car in front.

“I’d also suggest that in poor weather you allow extra time to complete your journey. Rushing to reach your destination, especially in poor weather conditions, can increase stress and the potential for a collision."

Drivers are also urged to prepare their vehicle and make sure it is in good condition before setting out on a journey.

Other tips suggested are; • Use your brakes cautiously. Abrupt braking can cause brake lock-up and cause you to lose steering control.

• To make Antilock Brakes work correctly, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal. During an emergency stop, push the brake pedal all the way to the floor, if necessary, even in wet conditions.

• Don’t make sudden changes in steering as this increases the potential for loss of control.

For updates on any road closures please tune in to local news bulletins or visit highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/

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