Drivers have been have warned of the dangers of standing water as severe weather and flood warnings are in place across the UK.
It comes following crashes which have seen cars written off after they aquaplaned on roads affected by recent heavy rains.
Warning comes after serious crashes
Road Policing Scotland tweeted a picture of two cars which were involved in a crash near Livingston, West Lothian in Scotland.
They wrote, “[Police] attended a 2 car RTC at the weekend which highlights risks caused by standing water. Everyone ok, but both written off and lucky escapes for all.
“Slow down in heavy rain. If you start to aquaplane, come off the accelerator and only brake once your tyres have grip.”
#LivingstonRP attended a 2 car RTC at the weekend which highlights risks caused by standing water. Everyone ok, but both written off and lucky escapes for all.— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu) March 18, 2019
Slow down in heavy rain. If you start to aquaplane, come off the accelerator and only brake once your tyres have grip. pic.twitter.com/tnhz381Aj8
One user also highlighted the risks of using cruise control while driving on wet roads. Helen Thomson pointed out that if a car is aquaplaning while cruise control is in use, the accelerator will be applied.
And never use cruise control in the rain, if you start to aquaplane the cruise control applies the accelerator.— Helen Thomson (@ht1974) March 18, 2019
The advice from the AA for drivers on wet roads is to try and avoid standing water wherever you can.
The group’s website adds that, when encountering standing water, “your tyres can lose contact with the road, causing you to lose steering control – called aquaplaning. If you feel it happening, hold the steering lightly and lift off to slow down gently until your tyres grip again.”
Bad weather can damage cars
Drivers should also leave twice as much space between cars when the conditions are wet.
With heavy downpours over the weekend and more than 50 flood warnings active across the UK at the start of the week, motorists are also encouraged not drive in water any more than 10cm deep.
The AA’s guidelines state that it takes only an “egg cupful” of water to wreck an engine and can also damage electrics, effecting air bags and lights. They also recommend that you test your brakes as soon as you leave the water to ensure they are still working.