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Due to the ongoing impact of Storm Babet, heavy rainfall and strong winds persist in our region, potentially causing standing water on roads throughout the weekend. If you have travel plans within the region or beyond this weekend, it is important to follow to our top tips and respect road signs; they are there for your safety.

Surface water  on country road

Even light or moderate rain can have an impact on visibility and vehicle performance, so it’s important to adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.

  • If it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down
  • Use dipped headlights, especially if visibility is seriously reduced
  • The roads will be more slippery than usual, so give yourself more time to react - increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front to at least four seconds
  • Look out for standing water - adjust your driving before and after encountering any
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times - spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility
  • Visibility affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared
  • During thunderstorms, sudden gusty winds can unsettle vehicles. Keep your speed down and give other road users more room
  • Take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders
  • Please don't try to walk or drive through floodwater, even if you think it isn't that deep
  • If you see a sign saying the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason