The Met Office, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency are urging the public to prepare for even more possible travel disruption due to weather and flood warnings. There is a yellow warning of rain (further heavy rain or showers) and a large number of flood warnings being issued to the Midlands, North East, North West and Wales.
Hundreds of homes, businesses and schools have also been affected by the month’s worth of rainfall, which is expected to calm down towards the end of this week.
With this in mind, the North Wales Police has urged motorists not to make unnecessary journeys “due to high levels of surface water on the roads.”
The Environment Agency has also advised people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to attempt to drive through floodwater.
The Royal Life Saving Society UK echoed the warning and explained that “just two feet of water is enough to “float a car” while six inches of fast flowing water can knock over a person.”
Driving in heavy rain
There’s no doubt that rain can be extremely hazardous to drive in. Wet road conditions can cause poor visibility and can reduce your control of your vehicle, leading to unsafe driving conditions.
Only venture out if you feel the weather conditions are safe enough to drive in. Certain areas in the UK will be more affected by this week’s downpour than others.
Breakdown recovery experts Rescuemycar.com have listed a few tips on how to stay safe if you’re heading out in your vehicle this week.
Reduced visibility can increase the chance of an accident or collision but there are several ways to help improve the visibility of the roads during rainy conditions:
Loss of control
Rain also affects your control of your vehicle including aquaplaning, which is very dangerous. In order to maintain control whilst driving, you should do the following: