BROOME BEAT Driving in the wet
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.