TAYSIDE Police are urging drivers to take care in light of the heavy and persistent rain that has been forecast to develop throughout parts of the region during today (Wednesday), through tomorrow and into Friday.
With the rain falling on already saturated ground there is the potential for localised flooding and this could also result in surface water on the roads and difficult driving conditions.
Anyone who is travelling through the wet weather should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.
Large puddles and pools of water are likely to collection roads in both rural and urban areas. As such, drivers should slow down when approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.
Tayside Police offers drivers the following information and advice in mind:
Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front.
Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.
Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen.
If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.
Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs. Test your brakes after passing through the water.
On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
People are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org
There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch.
Further Information on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/severe-weather-advice.
The full alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/.
People should also be aware of local television and radio bulletins for updates on the latest weather and travel information. Details on any council and trunk road closures can be found at http://trafficscotland.org.
Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.