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Driving among April flowers and May showers

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Now that the big thaw has seen the weather release its icy grip over the country in favour of rain and more rain, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued tips to help drivers prepare themselves and their vehicles for driving in wet conditions.

Peter Rodger, expert driver and chief examiner at the IAM, urged motorists to be aware of the effects of condensation caused by wet weather and therefore to set in-car heating systems before they set off. This way, people can avoid having to fiddle with controls while they are moving.

The organisation advises that, as a general rule, for conditions in which wipers are necessary, dipped headlights should be turned on too. In addition, when overtaking, Mr Rodger recommends that wipers are bumped up to their fastest setting to ensure maximum visibility, as well as to clear any extra spray from other vehicles.

Those behind the wheel should also remain extra alert, at least double their stopping distances, not carry out any abrupt manoeuvres, avoid cruise control and be aware that wind may cause the car to veer, making it necessary to grip the steering wheel securely at all times.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801568568-ADNFCR

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