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Be careful on wet roads this week

Article posted: 26/04/2012 17:32:41
Be careful on wet roads this weekBe careful on wet roads this week

You'd have to have not looked at a newspaper or out of the window for the last 48 hours not to know that the UK has had some of the heaviest rainfall so far this year.

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) warned that immediately when the road becomes wet is when conditions are most dangerous as the surface becomes greasy and slippery – a major danger for bikers.

But in a sudden downpour, riders also have to contend with puddle concealing potholes, flash floods and very poor visibility.

"A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering," said IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger.

"When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down."

In very bad weather Mr Rodger said that bikers should steer clear of going out altogether, but if it cannot be avoided ensure you drive on the highest section of the road.

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