Driving in Heavy Rain

Driving in Heavy Rain

Driving in Heavy Rain

Driving in heavy rain and flooding can be hazardous. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you prepare for wet weather.

Breakdown numbers always increase during periods of wet weather, as the damp causes problems with engines and electrical systems, particularly in older vehicles. If you must drive, there are a handful of steps you can take to reduce your chances of an accident or breakdown dramatically.

Many rain-related breakdowns are easily avoidable as they are often caused by people driving through deep standing water. While cars have improved significantly in technical terms in recent years they are still not waterproof and will break down if they are driven through deep water. This can lead to catastrophic engine failure which will be extremely expensive to put right.

A catastrophic flood-related engine damage incident is typically caused by water being sucked into the engine which causes the engine to lock up and can in turn damage important engine components including piston connecting rods and valves.

This inevitably means a new engine will have to be fitted, but what people generally don’t understand is that it is the owner who is likely to have foot the expensive garage bill unless they can demonstrate to their insurer – like any accident – that it was not their actions that caused the damage.

Before setting off:

Consider whether your journey is essential. If not, can it be delayed until after the rain has subsided?

Plan your journey in advance, taking care to avoid areas which are prone to flooding, and factoring in extra time to allow for slower speeds and potential congestion

Let relatives and friends know your intended route and expected time of arrival and where possible, travel with others

Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If both front and back blades are not up to scratch, get them replaced
Make sure you fill up. Using your lights and heaters and being caught in traffic use more fuel than driving in normal conditions

Carry a mobile phone in case you encounter any difficulties during your journey

On the road:

Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you

Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front to account for greater stopping distances – remember the two-second rule

Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility

Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts

If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked

Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road. If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again

Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage

Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Driving In Flooded Areas

The following tips should always be followed for driving in flooded conditions:

Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth – the edge of the kerb is a good indicator

If you do go through water, drive on the highest section of the road

Drive steadily and slowly so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and allow oncoming traffic to pass first – make sure you have a clear route ahead so you do not have to stop in standing water

Driving at speed may be dangerous to other vehicles or pedestrians and could cause loss of control

Drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front
Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – you could easily get swept away

Test your brakes after leaving flood water

If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not attempt to restart as engine damage may occur – instead call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally examined.

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Defensive Driving Tips

Defensive Driving – what is it, and why do I need to use it?

Defensive driving is described as a practice for car drivers to drive in such a way that they consciously reduce the likelihood of falling victim to any hazards on or around the roads. This form of driving is achieved by maintaining maximum awareness of the road around you, including other drivers and road conditions, as well as by anticipating potentially dangerous scenarios and taking preventative action in advance.

Our tips for Defensive driving include:

– Constantly checking your mirrors so you are fully aware at all times what is happening inside and around your car.

– What is happening on the horizon? Don’t just react from the car in front of you, look 2, 3 4 or 10 cars ahead. This will give you the best warning far in advance of any scenario you need to be aware of.

– Keep eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians. Only by making eye contact can you be fully sure they have seen you.

– Wheels can be a tell-tale sign. If a car is parked up on the side of the road, but the wheels are facing outwards, expect the car to pull out at any moment, and drive accordingly.

– Finally, expect the unexpected. Only be anticipating any eventuality can you become a truly defensive driver.

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What Will You Learn in Driving School in Leeds?

As an in-coming learner driver and currently on the process of choosing your ideal driving school in Leeds or accredited driving instructor, the question that usually comes into your thought is: What will you learn in driving school? Of course, you’ll be learning to drive with certain systems and methods to follow which have been proven effective for many years.

In a broader perspective, driving schools don’t only teach you simply how to drive but moulding you to become a responsible and safe driver in the future, and to make sure that any tendency for you to become a dangerous driver will be out of the picture.

Responsible parents would always think of sending their grown-up kids to the driving schools because they pretty know it has the facilities and effective systems to shape their children’s driving potential as well as training and guiding them to value the importance of abiding by the traffic laws whilst at wheel.

So, in driving school you will learn a lot, ranging from your first driving lessons Leeds to passing the driving tests. The learning to drive which is your ultimate purpose will be put at the forefront – we call it the first driving lessons which involved the cockpit drill.

The driving licence will also be explained to you to have a broader perspective on the importance of a driving license as prescribed by law. Now, you may wonder what the various categories and codes on your licence mean. What is displayed on the front and rear view of your United Kingdom driving licence in full, along with each section will be explained to you by your driving instructor.

The front of the photocard driving licence will also be explained as well as your licence personal details: one, two and three. The fields of your photocard driving licence is displaying your surname, first name, date and place of your birth, photo expiry, date of driving licence issue and the issuing authority.

On the other hand, the weekly driving lessons is a distinct method that majority of learner drivers have chosen. It usually takes around 40 hours to reach the driving test standard.

There are also semi- intensive driving courses which can range from two to eight weeks. Often a driving test is arranged to be taken at the end. If you feel a full intensive is too demanding but still want to reach test standard in good time, a semi-intensive is often the ideal.

There’s also an intensive driving course. It’s a full-time course to last for 30 to 40 hours of driving to be taken within a single week, and often with a driving test at the end. This can be ideal for those that wish to pass the driving test as quickly as possible. Many individuals take a week off work to take this course.

The downside of an intensive driving course is that it’s not suited for everyone. Many motorists can find driving so stressful and exhausting leading to a higher chance of failing the driving test.

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Driving Alone

Most new drivers, feeling uneasy at first behind the wheel, take solace in going for their first few drives with family or friends in the car with them, safe in the knowledge that if anything bad was to happen they would not be completely alone in the situation.

But what happens when you are finally forced to take to the roads in solitude?

The best advice we could give you would be to drive as if it were a test situation. Approach all junctions with caution, and take extra special care in your driving, especially at first. Make mental notes along the way to keep yourself alert, for example when you are preparing for a turn, remind yourself to indicate firstly, much in the same way as you would when on your lessons.

Revert back to your lessons for more guidance – “Mirror/Signal/Manoeuvre” should come immediately to mind. Keep your speed down for the most part – remember it is always better to be cautious than dangerous.

Hopefully in time you will become more and more confident in driving on your own – one day, you may even prefer it!

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2015 Range Rovers get high-tech head-up display, new diesel engines “Set lasers to stun”

The new 2015 Range Rover

 

“SET LASERS to stun” sounds like a line from a deep space adventure in Star Trek, but drivers are just as likely to hear it when taking a test drive of the new, 2015 versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

A laser-based Head Up Display (HUD) system is now available as a £1,000 option on both luxury SUV models. It beams relevant information onto the inside of the windscreen within the driver’s peripheral vision, in an effort to reduce distraction. Information includes the car’s speed, gear selection and a shift indicator, cruise control settings, sat nav instructions and traffic sign recognition, such as the local speed limit.

The Head Up Display is a taster of Jaguar Land Rover’s Virtual Windscreen, a futuristic system (still under development) which gives drivers a wider range of information to help improve their driving technique.

Other improvements to the 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport include changes to the V6 diesel engines, which raise official fuel economy to 40.9mpg for the Range Rover (TDV6) and 40.4mpg for the Range Rover Sport (SDV6).

For those who put their Land Rover to work off-road, the latest driver aid is All-Terrain Progress Control (see video below), designed to maintain a set speed when driving over tough terrain. It operates between 1mph and 19mph, in both forward and reverse gears, and means the driver needn’t use the accelerator or brake. It’s a £175 option.

Driving at Night: Tips From Driving Instructor in Leeds

Driving at Night requires every driver to be extra careful because accident can happen on the road where potential hazards can occur more suddenly compared to a broad daylight driving. It means these hazards are just lurking around on your increased blind spot and before you know it, you will collide them head on in an instant.

There might be intoxicated drivers fresh from a drinking spree that may ram your vehicle. Even if you’re practising to be a responsible and safe driver, but these things are nothing to keep you safe with the presence of these offending drivers that usually come out at night as the police reduced their presence in the area.

With these realities of some of our roads during the night, many experienced and defensive drivers avoid driving at night. But there are also some motorists who are pushed by circumstances to drive at night, so they always have the proper preparation to prevent any road accident.

These are the preparations that you learn from full qualified driving instructor in Leeds:

(1.) You have to make sure that you know exactly where you’re going to.
(2.) Stick to major, well-lit road if you’re concerned of yourself and your passenger’s safety.
(3.) Make sure all your vehicle’s lights are working properly.
(4.) Be sure your car windows are clean.
(5.) Make sure your fully charged mobile phone is with you. Remember that phone use is illegal and you can be caught by the police, so use it when you stop driving or when you’re parking your car in a safe place.

You have to get the right move, meaning you have to drive a little bit slower at night, especially on the roads you’re unfamiliar with. As early as possible, indicate when you’re turning. Also, leave an unusually bigger gap between you and the other motorists on the road. It’s a lot different gap compared to when you’re driving at day time.

Your full beam should be used on unlit single carriageways. If it’s foggy, you can use a steady full beam. In which case that will hinder your view, so drive slow. And remember to turn your headlights off for oncoming vehicles. Use only your fog lamps in inclement or foggy weather.

Take more regular breaks because you’ll tire more easily during the night. And try your focus on the road not to be distracted by the glaring headlights of other cars, which can disorientate and dazzle you. There are already countless road accidents caused by the distraction of glaring light that when hitting straight to the driver’s eyes will be blinding him awhile causing a head-on collision.

Do avoid getting lost. Although it’s unavoidable sometimes, but proper planning of your journey is particularly important for night driving so that you’ll avoid getting lost on your way. Remember that most people are already sleeping and there are only few of them around whom you can ask for directions.

There are also fewer places you’ll be safe to stop and lesser chance that you’ll be able to get an immediate help from the snorting people around peacefully inside their residence.

Too Many Teens Not Using Instructors

There has been a surge in the number of young learners turning to their mothers to learn how to drive. The number of mothers teaching their children to drive has trebled in the past 20 years, from 11% in 1994 to 30% today, a study has found.

This has led to a number of concerns that young drivers are not learning to drive properly by seeking to save money and gaining a lower standard of teaching. This is especially clear from a recent survey that found that 75% of parents believe they would fail the practical test if they were to retake it.

Taking lessons from parents rather than a DVSA approved instructor is in fact a hindrance and may be to blame for the fall in pass rates over the years. First time pass rates in the past 20 years have fallen from 48% to 41%.

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Drivers Over 50 Could Fail Retest

A survey has found that one in five motorists over the age of 50 believe they would fail their driving test if they had to retake it today. Due to the ageing population in Britain, there are more older drivers on the road as ever before with the average older driving having taken their test 40 years ago. Nearly half of those are over 70 and passed their test more than half a century ago when road safety was not of as paramount importance as it is today.

There have been various stories of older drivers driving without glasses when they need them, keeping both feet on the brake and gas pedals and even falling asleep on the wheel.

Last year, controversial research by Auto Trader suggested the majority of drivers want a compulsory retest when people reach pension age. However, official statistics from the Department of Transport show those over 70 are safer drivers than young drivers.

A poll found that 16% of 60-69-year-olds believe that people should be forced to stop driving at the age of 80 with many drivers taking themselves off the road voluntarily. However, many elderly drivers do remain on the road with a lower standard of driving than that required by the modern-day driving test.

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Safe Driving Lessons Leeds on Flooded Roads

During the wet weather where many roads in the United Kingdom (UK) will be in flooded condition, you have to prepare for this eventuality so you’ll avoid an expensive damage to your car and at the same time putting yourself in danger of flashfloods due to heavy rain. Which is why it is necessary to enroll only to the best school and learn safe driving lessons Leeds.

So, beware of flooding, and one common means to do this is to monitor the weather conditions through the media. If a heavy rain is forecast to be experienced in your area of destination on that day that you need to drive your vehicle, try to postpone your trip to avoid inconveniences and serious damage to your vehicle due to flashfloods. Remember that your vehicle and your life are more of value than a day you’re absent from your work or other scheduled commitments.

Again, remember that flash floods have become common in Britain’s summertime which many believe it’s due to the adverse effect of climate change. So, if need arises that you’ll really have to drive, then it’s imperative for you to be equipped with the knowledge on how to deal with flooded roads. And here are some of the advices:

(1.) Drive slowly through deep water. It will cause expensive and serious damage to your car if you drive fast. If your engine stops after driving across deep water on the road, don’t try to restart because it could damage the engine. You may call for help and then have the vehicle checked up immediately professionally.

(2.) Drive slowly through stagnant water on the road because you’ll be aquaplaning if you drive too fast. When you can feel the steering wheel becomes light, you can regain grip by easing off the gas pedal. Don’t attempt to brake or reduce your speed unless you’ve gained control again of the steering wheel.

(3.) Don’t drive on the flooded road if you aren’t sure of its depth. Remember that the kerb edge is an indicator. When flood water already flows over the edge of the kerb, you and your car are in danger.

(4.) Drive slowly and steadily so that your car cannot create a bow wave in front and allow the coming vehicle to pass.

(5.) Speedy driving through water is known as dangerous. You can splash the dirty water to pedestrians or cyclists. This is inconsiderate act and you can be fined by the authorities.

(6.) Don’t drive on fast flowing water because you can be swept away.

(7.) Make sure to test your brakes immediately after leaving a flooded road.

During the heavy rain, some roads are being closed whilst some are still open but already waterlogged or covered by debris. So in this situation, it’s imperative for you to:

(1.) Plan your trip and have enough time to avoid flooded roads.

(2.) Use your car’s dipped headlights because it allows other motorists to see you.

(3.) Avoid using rear fog lights because these can obscure your brake lights and dazzle the other motorists who are following you on the road.

(4.) Drive slowly and give more space between your car and the vehicle in front.

(6.) Select the correct wiper speed when some speeding vehicles create spray reducing your visibility. This is to make sure you have your maximum vision as your windscreen is kept clear by the correct wiper speed.

(7.) Listen to news bulletin to keep yourself up to date with weather forecasts and road closures.

(8.) Keep your car’s bonnet closed when waiting for assistance in the event that your car breakdowns in heavy rain. This is to avoid soaking the electrical system.

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Leeds, West Yorkshire LS19 7LA

Phone: 01943470202
Email: Contact@r-m-t.org.uk

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Tuesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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Council paints “bup” at bus stop

YOU WAIT for one bup, and then three all come at once. Actually, you’d be waiting a long time for a bup especially since the hapless council worker who painted the unfamiliar word on the road meant to write “bus”. His mistake was laid bare for all to see in the Old Market area of Bristol city centre. The freshly painted “bup stop” is part of a package of repairs to the road surface. A council spokesman was unavailable for comment.

YOU WAIT for one bup, and then three all come at once.
Actually, you’d be waiting a long time for a bup especially since the hapless council worker who painted the unfamiliar word on the road meant to write “bus”.
His mistake was laid bare for all to see in the Old Market area of Bristol city centre. The freshly painted “bup stop” is part of a package of repairs to the road surface.
A council spokesman was unavailable for comment.

 

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