Warning to motorists driving on wet roads after the dry spell

Motorists are being advised to drive with caution as light rain falls on the county today.

The AA provided the following advice to explain what happens after a dry spell: “During normal weather (regular rainfall) materials such as bitumen, oil and rubber from tyres are continuously washed away. During dry weather, these remain on the road surface. When the first rain falls after days of dry weather, road surfaces become greasier than normal.

The RSA say this means the roads “provide less friction for vehicle manoeuvres such as braking or tight cornering.”

DRIVING ADVICE

Safety first!

To avoid loss of control in these conditions, slow down and avoid braking hard. Drivers should also increase the breaking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front. As when driving on icy services, gently manoeuvres are the key to safe driving.

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