Driving In The Wet

Could You Stop In The Wet?

Did you know that it takes twice as long to stop in the wet as it does in dry conditions?

It is important to remember that any moisture on the road will change the surface traction and effect the way your car brakes.

At 80km/h, a car's tyre has a thousandth of a second to clear away the water and provide road adhesion. At higher speeds, a tyre (no matter how advanced its traction might be said to be) will 'ride' rather than penetrate the film of water on the road. It can be like skating on ice.

In addition to road condition, it is difficult to see clearly in the rain.  To improve safety when driving in wet weather:

  • Make sure your windscreen is kept clean inside and out.
  • Ensure your windscreen wipers are in good condition
  • Make sure your tyres, brakes and suspension are in peak condition
  • Turn your headlights on to low beam
  • Use your air conditioner to prevent your windscreen from fogging up

Remember, it is vital that your cars critical braking systems are in peak condition to keep you safe. This includes your tyres, brakes and suspension.

Call your local Repco Authorised Service Centre today and book your car in for a service and we'll carry out a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection.

See More Car Safety Tips here.