When it is wet and raining it seems so common sense “be cautious in the rain”, but motorists remain a little silly in the rain.

Just last week the RACQ issued warnings to motorists to take extra care on roads during thunderstorms  

The RACQ and tips remain valuable for all wet weather conditions Queenslanders are likely to face.

RACQ Executive Manager and technical and safety policy officer Steve Spalding says it is important drivers modified their driving practices in wet conditions.

“Motorists should slow down and remember the signed speed limit is the maximum safe speed for good conditions,” Mr Spalding said.

“The usual two second following distance should be at least doubled in the wet to allow for extra reaction and stopping time.

“We’re also advising motorists to travel with their lights on, but remember to switch them off once they arrive at their destination to avoid a flat battery,” he says.

The RACQ has the following advice for motorists driving in heavy rain:

Only travel if your journey is necessary

  • Turn on low beam headlights to see and be seen
  • Increase the distance between vehicles to at least four seconds
  • Drive carefully to the conditions
  • Check your tyres are properly inflated and have good tread depth
  • Ensure windscreen wipers are in good working order.

Sometimes rain can turn to floods and impair your ability to drive on a road.  Take note of warnings and never drive in flood water even if you think it is ok!

Many people who drown or need rescuing have either deliberately driven into floodwater or taken their vehicles into a potentially dangerous situation.

  • Drivers should be aware of causeways or storm water run-off areas. These areas should avoided in your neighbourhood or places you are visiting?
  • Never drive through floodwaters – find an alternative route or wait until the water level drops.
  • Water deeper than the bottom of your door is enough to float your vehicle away or splash the engine, causing it to stall. Even gentle moving floodwater can wash away the road surface underneath. Speeding through water can cause loss of traction and aqua-plaining. It will also increase the chance of stalling a vehicles engine.