As the rain continues to fall across Britain, new research from motoring experts Confused.com reveals almost a third (32%) of British motorists avoid the roads in wet and stormy conditions. And with nearly a quarter (23%) of drivers having an accident or near-miss when driving in bad weather conditions, it has never been more important for drivers to be prepared for potential floods
Not all drivers are as cautious as they should be when taking to the roads in wet weather conditions. When Brits approach flood water on the roads, only a third (33%) allow oncoming traffic to pass. And after driving through the flood water, only 56% of Brits test their brakes. One in 10 (10%) drivers have lost control of their car on the road in bad weather conditions.
Despite some motorists being unprepared for the wet weather, the average British motorist allocates an extra 16 minutes to their journey to allow for any sort of delay in bad weather conditions. However, nearly three in 10 (29%) only allow 10 minutes or less.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says:
“With the wet weather continuing, we’re urging motorists to be extra careful when driving in these conditions. This type of weather requires a lot of care if you’re to stay safe.
“When the weather turns and you’re out in your vehicle, it can be tempting to put your foot down and drive home as quickly as possible. However, flood water and excessive speeds spell trouble. As well as being more vigilant in these conditions, drivers need to plan their journeys in advance. Leaving home at least 10 minutes earlier, in order to avoid that potentially dangerous mad rush to work and reduce the likelihood of any accidents that could take place.”