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Young drivers need wet weather skills

Wet weather has hit many parts of the country over recent weeks and this trend looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. It is therefore important for young drivers and inexperienced road users brush up on their wet weather skills.

All road users need to drive with extra care and attention when the conditions take a turn for the worse, but those who have not been car owners for very long should pay particular attention to their surroundings.

Heavy rainfall and spray from other vehicles can considerably reduce visibility for motorists and therefore it is essential individuals lower their speed to ensure they are able to come to a complete halt within the distance they can see. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that in wet conditions, stopping distances can be more than doubled from those in the dry.

Meanwhile, all road users should remember to switch on their lights in adverse weather, as this not only improves their own level of visibility, but gives other drivers a better chance of seeing them.

Young drivers wishing to stay out of trouble at this time of year also need to be aware of what to do in the event of a skid or aquaplaning – something that can cause steering to become light and unresponsive in wet conditions.

Most likely to take place when faced with standing water or icy conditions, drivers need to remember that in the event of either of these hazards, they should reduce their speed immediately and feather their brakes to regain control.

Vehicle owners should never brake too hard in these circumstances, as this can cause the skid to continue, but instead they should remain calm and gently steer in the direction they wish to head in.

Here at GSI Insurance Services (Southern) Limited, our expert team provides an array of options for individuals looking to take out insurance for young motorists.

Tailored to meet the needs of those with less experience on the roads, our cover could help you save money; while individuals who have completed a Pass Plus course could be in for even better offers.

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