Highways Agency advice to drivers in wet conditions

WITH wet and rainy conditions across the country expected to persist until mid-week, the Highways Agency is urging road users to drive with extra care and to be alert for possible traffic disruption.

A spokesman the Highways Agency said: “Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

“There are times during sudden and torrential downpours when standing water can collect on carriageways and residual water can result in very thick spray. Drivers should slow down in wet conditions and take extra care. Driving too quickly through water can cause aquaplaning and loss of control of your vehicle which can lead to accidents.”

Highways Agency traffic officers will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents, while colleagues in the east and west Midlands regional control centres will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.

The Highways Agency offers a number of services to help people make decisions about their journeys. Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the agency website at highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling 0300 123 5000.

For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website metoffice.gov.uk or listen to local radio.