A SHOCKING accident has revealed the risks of driving in wet conditions.
The horrific crash has prompted calls from safety experts and the police to take greater care when driving this autumn.
Posted by North West Motorway Police, the photo shows a red motor completely destroyed after it smashed into a motorway barrier on the M62 on Sunday.
According to the police, the incident was caused by a “combination of poor driving and wet weather”.
Thankfully, the driver was taken to hospital with only minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
They said on Twitter: “Our officer has been to see the driver today and can confirm that they will make a full recovery.
How to drive safely in heavy rain
- Check windscreen wipers, tyres and car battery are in working condition
- Pack a warm jumper, plenty of water and some snacks in case your car gets stranded
- Give plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front
- Avoid driving over a flooded road or through fast flowing water
- Use dipped lights, but not your fog lights which can dazzle other drivers
- Top your windscreen washer with de-icing additive
- Watch out for animals
“The driver and family involved would like to thank those that assisted at the scene and everyone for their well wishes.”
As torrential rain and thunder hits parts of the country, it’s important for Brits to know how to safely drive on a wet road.
Before getting behind the wheel, be sure to check your windscreen wipers are in working condition and your tyres have sufficient tread.
It can even be a good idea to pack a warm jumper, plenty of water and some snacks in case your car breaks down.
It is also crucial to remember that when driving in rain your stopping distance will be increased significantly.
In dry conditions, a car travelling at just 20mph takes 12 metres to stop completely – but this more than doubles when driving in wet weather.
This means drivers on the motorway during heavy rain will need to allow almost 200m between them and the nearest car in front to avoid a 70mph accident.
If driving in heavy rain, you should also always avoid driving over a flooded road or through fast flowing water.
Rebecca Ashton, head of driver behaviour at IAM RoadSmart, said: “In winter we often place a strain on the battery with lights, heated screens, seats and the air conditioner to demist and keep us warm.
“If there are any sign of your car battery struggling now, it’s likely to let you down as it gets colder.
“Drivers also need to stay alert for blocked drains and localised flooding at this time of year.
“Your aim should always be to have a clear view of the changing seasons around you, and for other road users to be able to see you.”
Ben Aldous, RAC patrol of the year, said: “The arrival of autumn has been marked by some really heavy downpours, and drivers need to be on their guard.
“Stopping distances can easily double in wet weather, so the best advice is to slow down and leave a much larger gap between your car and the one in front.
“With dozens of flood warnings in force across the country, it’s also vital that motorists never attempt to drive on flooded roads.
“As a rule, if you can’t be sure how deep the water on the road in front of you is, don’t attempt to drive through it.”