Driving in wet weather can be hazarded because of limited visibility and depending on whether it is just drizzling, raining very hard or blowing a gale.


If drizzling the windscreen wipers and driving lights should be on so motorists can see us providing better visibility to all on the road. Corners should be approached with caution, 20k or less if the corner is blocked by a fence, tree or a parked vehicle

Be cautious and ready to stop allowing 10k or a little more below the speed limit due to oil falling onto the road from passing vehicles. Oil can fall into the cracks of the road and lie dormant in dry weather, thus when the road becomes wet oil can cause a slippery surface therefore if following a vehicle allow double the distance to stop.

This measurement was used by the Department of Transport in the past and I still use it today. Every 15k an hour, allow one car length the measurement. For the old Holden and Ford cars, approximately 4 metres long, thus at 60k allow 16 meters, 75k allow 20 meters, 90k allow 24 meters.

If raining very hard with strong winds avoid driving if possible, but if unavoidable drive slowly, visibility will be a major factor. People and bicycles will be very hard to see especially with trees and shrubs swaying around in the breeze.

Be very vigilant and drive safely.