Highway Code advice on wet weather is ‘completely inadequate’ for owners of modern cars

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Malcolm McKay, spokesman for the Historic Classic and Vehicle Association (HCVA) said the Highway Code was “completely inadequate” for driving in the rain. He warned drivers would just be a “passenger” as they had not been taught proper advice on how to tackle wet road surfaces.

He said: “There are cases where historic vehicles are safer.

“Things like aquaplaning, if your car aquaplanes you’ve got zero grip.

“You’re just a passenger, you have no control until you reach a drier section of road and the water dissipates.

“You can’t steer, you can’t brake and it causes a lot of accidents these days but the coverage in the Highway Code is completely inadequate.”

Currently, Rule 227 of the Highway Code only urges drivers to keep well back from the vehicle in front when it is raining and increase stopping distances.

They warn drivers to ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive.

However, this advice was attacked by Mr McKay who said extra legislation was needed.

Responding, Mr McKay said: “Seriously it’s too late by that stage.

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“There should be a warning to watch out for standing water and slow well down before it.

“It’s increasingly common with these storms we are getting, I’ve been in it a couple of times recently.

“There is standing water on the motorway and people tear through with no awareness.”

Mr McKay added modern cars would be more affected by the issue as they were fitted with “wider tyres”.

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