BROOME BEAT Driv­ing in the wet

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Con­sta­ble Steve Mayger

With the wet sea­son fast ap­proach­ing it’s a timely re­minder for all to con­sider their driv­ing style when in heavy rain and strong winds.

Here are 10 tips for driv­ing safely on the road dur­ing heavy rain and strong winds. Don’t drive if you don’t

need to. Post­pone non-es­sen­tial travel in storms and heavy rain. If you must hit the road, try to time trips around the in­com­ing weather.

Slow down. Posted speed lim­its are set as a max­i­mum, so drive to the con­di­tions and, if re­quired, cut speed in storms and heavy rain. Turn head­lights on.

Head­lights al­low you to bet­ter see the road and for other mo­torists to see you. Main­tain a safe dis­tance. Wet roads of­fer less grip than reg­u­lar sur­faces, lead­ing to an in­crease in stop­ping dis­tances. Al­low plenty of room to the car in front — a five-sec­ond gap is a good start­ing point in heavy rain.

Vi­sion. Al­ways keep your eye on the road ahead. Try and pre-empt any trou­ble with wa­ter on the road by watch­ing for huge splashes from cars up the road.

Tread softly. Harsh brak­ing or ac­cel­er­a­tion can up­set a ve­hi­cle’s sta­bil­ity, lead­ing to a loss of con­trol. Brake pro­gres­sively with gen­tle pres­sure while leav­ing plenty of room to stop. The same goes for the ac­cel­er­a­tor. Keep an eye out for

de­bris. Storms can leave rub­bish on the road, some of which may prove dan­ger­ous while driv­ing. Watch out for large ob­jects such as tree branches, and keep an eye on smaller things that can cause punc­tures. Avoid large pud­dles. The Kim­ber­ley is home to hun­dreds of flood­ways — cars and deep wa­ter do not mix. Stay away from shoul­ders where l wa­ter can pool and the pin­dan can be ex­tremely soggy. If you do come across deep wa­ter, slow gen­tly and keep the ve­hi­cle point­ing in the di­rec­tion of travel.

Stay in­formed. For the lat­est in­for­ma­tion, call Main Roads on 138 138 any time.

Be pa­tient. Jour­neys can take much longer in poor con­di­tions, but it's not worth tak­ing risks to rush home. Stay re­laxed and keep an eye on the big pic­ture.

For 24-hour po­lice as­sis­tance, tele­phone Broome Po­lice Sta­tion on 131 444 or in an emer­gency dial 000. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for po­lice can call Broome Po­lice Sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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