Wet Weather Driving

In this video, Road Policing Officer PC Raymond Neil gives advice on bad weather driving, and what to do in the event of an aquaplaning incident.

"If you find yourself driving during heavy rain conditions, it is vitally important that you keep a bigger gap from the vehicle in front, as stopping distances are going to be greatly increased.

"Please ensure that you display lights; dipped headlights at the very least, and windscreen wipers. By maintaining a larger gap from the vehicle in front the likelihood is that spray won’t obscure your visibility and you will be able to plan further ahead.

"Be aware of surface water on the road surface as this is the likelihood to cause aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is when a wedge of water builds between the front tyres and the road surface causing a lack of grip.

"The unfortunate mistake that drivers make is they try and steer while having lost the grip. Unfortunately when the water subsides, and the tyres make contact with the road surface again, the vehicle will go in the direction in which the wheels were left facing.

"I know it may go against the grain, but my advice to you, is take your foot from the accelerator and the brake, put in the clutch, and just remain a light grip on the steering wheel."

Wet Weather Driving

For more advice and information on driving in bad conditions, visit the Met Office Road Travel pages . You can also check current driving conditions including live webcams at the Traffic Scotland website .