Driving experts issue rain warning | Advice - Car News Jun 2019

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13:36 Tuesday 11 Jun 2019

Experts have urged motorists to heed their advice on wet weather driving as the UK braces itself for an unseasonable deluge.

The Met Office have issued amber and yellow warnings for heavy rain in large parts the south and east, with some areas due for a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours.  The forecast for heavy rain extends up to the north-west by the latter half of the week.

“We are warning drivers to be ready for disruption to their journeys, and to check their routes before setting out,” said Neil Worth, road safety officer with breakdown specialists GEM Motoring Assist.

“Expect the unexpected during these conditions.  Floods will occur not only because rivers burst their banks, but because surface water is unable to drain away from roads or because water runs off fields and ditches overflow onto roads.  So take it easy, and put safety first.”

The advice was echoed by Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at road safety group IAM Roadsmart, who added, “With the British weather the way it is, we should all be well practised at driving in the rain.  In the recent extremes, we have seen that standing water and floods are becoming more commonplace, so take extra care and if possible avoid driving through standing water.  If you’re in any doubt about the depth or surface underneath a flood, then it’s best not to take any chances.”


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