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Expert warns of the biggest mistakes that drivers make when driving in the rain

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DRIVING experts warn of the biggest mistake drivers make when driving in the rain.

The dangerous bug could put drivers in danger and even lead to serious car accidents. experts have reminded motorists that braking distances at least double in wet weather.

The stopping distance is the time it takes for your car to come to a complete stop at a given speed.

It is calculated by adding the “thinking distance” and the “braking distance”.

The former is the distance traveled when you spot a hazard and react by braking, while the latter is the distance it takes for the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Things like alcohol and drug use can greatly reduce thinking distance, while bad road conditions like ice or rain increase braking distances.

Bad weather such as heavy rain, snow or fog can also reduce visibility, which in turn increases the required thinking distance.

For example, the braking distance at 60 km/h in the dry is around 75 m.

However, this doubled when wet to 150m, the height of the Blackpool Tower.

A spokesman said: “As we enter the UK’s wettest months, it is important for drivers to control their speed and distance to the car ahead to avoid serious accidents.

“Motorists need only imagine the height of Blackpool Tower to better understand the distance it takes to safely stop the vehicle during the wettest months.

“Drivers should regularly check the condition of their vehicle, paying particular attention to the brakes and tire tread depth, as wet braking distances increase significantly if both are in poor condition.”

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