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It's raining, it's pouring

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I’m sure it is safe to say we are all aware of the current continual rainy weather adorning the UK. However, it is of concern to me and no doubt to other drivers, how some people lack the awareness of how unsafe our roads become during a bout of wet weather.

To date, the Environment Agency has issued approximately 57 flood warnings and 140 flood alerts across the UK. Also, the Met Office has issued yellow rain warnings particularly in south-eastern parts of Scotland, and northern, central and eastern parts of England.

Whilst the warnings should emphasise how large amounts of rainfall present the risk of difficult driving conditions, nothing should be more effective at notifying us with the danger on our roads, than what we read and see in everyday life.

I recently stumbled across an article of how a young man died when his car veered off the road during torrential rain in Northumberland.  In response to this, I would like to send my sincerest condolences to his friends, family and loved ones.

As a driver myself, I am under no illusion of the danger posed by torrential rain and surface water/spray. However, there is a heightened possibility of road traffic accidents during such hazardous weather.

By personal injury specialist, Suzanne Davidson