Wet-season road safety
With two cyclones and plenty of rain under our belts already this wet season, it’s a timely reminder to drive to the conditions you’re in.
Make sure your tyres have at least the minimum required 1.5mm of tread depth — about the thickness of a match head.
Your tyres are the only thing keeping your vehicle in contact with the road surface.
Make sure they are the correct size and fit for your vehicle and that they are inflated correctly.
This information can be found in the vehicle’s handbook.
Ensure your windscreen is clean and test the condition of your wiper blades.
The blades should remove the water from the windscreen and should not smear or miss patches.
If they are not up to scratch, replace them.
Make sure that all lights, including headlights, brake lights, indicator lights and parking lights, are operating correctly.
If your lights are not working properly, other drivers may not be able to see you or you may not see hazards on the road in front.
Here are the top 10 tips for driving in the wet:
Don’t drive if you don’t need to. Maintain a safe distance. Be patient. Keep your eyes on the road. Brake and accelerate softly. Avoid large puddles. Stay informed and plan your journey.
Obey signs and if the road is closed, do not proceed. Turn your headlights on. Slow down. Even the most careful driver may end up finding themselves skidding in the wet conditions. If you do, don’t panic.
Continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want the car to go and avoid slamming on the brakes because it will only make it worse.
Stay safe and drive to the conditions so you and your family get home in one piece this wet season.