Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Our Worst Drives During Heavy Rain

Yesterday, we went out as a family to somewhere that was over an hour away by car. We were driving in quite heavy rain and it reminded us of two of the worst drives we have ever had.

Our worst ever drive was before we had children. Hubby and I were on holiday in Australia. We were staying in Brisbane and we had decided to hire a car and drive to Surfer’s Paradise to a theme park. The weather was beautifully sunny until we were returning to Brisbane in the evening. The rain started. It was light at first and then the heavens opened. It was the worst storm I have ever seen. Hubby couldn’t see anything out of the window, it was so dangerous.

He was getting quite stressed out and it really was awful. At one point, we actually aquaplaned which was so frightening. We ended up on the other side of the road. We were very lucky that neither of us were injured. Aquaplaning occurs when the water in front of your tyres builds up faster than your vehicles tyres can handle. This can lead to accidents. We aquaplaned because we were driving in flooded water but we hadn’t realised how deep the water was. We didn’t we were in the middle of one of the worst storms Brisbane had seen for years and they suffered severe flooding with lots of damage to buildings and houses etc.

It was honestly the worst drive I have ever experienced. We were both terrified and just desperately wanted to get back to our hotel rooms. After aquaplaning we were both quite shaken up.

There are certain ways to avoid aquaplaning. One of the best ways is to keep checking your tyres regularly for wear and tear. I’ll fully admit I need to be better at this as I always leave it up to hubby to do. Tyres should be properly inflated with the correct air pressure and they should also still have the correct tread.
This also made us remember that we should get our tyres checked asap before the winter weather really kicks in. if you’re in Liverpool, your tyres can be booked and fitted from Point S. 

You can avoid aquaplaning whilst driving by slowing down on wet roads and trying to stay away from any puddles and pools of water. It’s also advised to not use cruise control in wet conditions.

If you ever end up aquaplaning you should not hit your brakes hard and just ease off the accelerator, holding the steering wheel straight. 

The next worst drive was when I was in labour with my second child. It was about 2am and we needed to get to the hospital quickly. We opened the front door and it was chucking it down with rain.

Poor hubby had to drive in awful conditions once again. It was pitch black as it was the middle of the night and he couldn’t see out of the window. That teamed with my contractions made for one stressful, scary journey indeed.

Have you ever driven in heavy rain before? Have you ever aquaplaned?

*This is a collaborative post*


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