Storm Jonas — the weather front that has been battering the eastern coast of the United States — has set off across the Atlantic … and is currently heading right for Scotland.
Over the past week, the eastern coast of America has been buried under a colossal storm dubbed — among other things — Snowzilla, Snowmageddon and Super Storm Jonas.
The historic blizzard made wrecked havoc on the eastern coast, burying cars under snow and bringing whole cities to a standstill. The total cost of the storm (counting both economic losses and repairs) is estimated to run between $500 million and $1 billion.
And now it’s our turn.
Yes, we know, it’s already been an incredibly wild winter but the Met Office is warning Scots to brace for yet more turbulent weather. On the bright side, at least, we’re due to be spared the snow.
Unfortunately, what we are due is rain — lots of it. Up to one month’s rainfall, in fact, and it’s coming over a two-day period.
With the rain clouds looming, we thought it was a good idea to send our readers some simple tips for driving in the rain.
Before Your Journey
- Only drive when it is essential
- Postpone non-essential journeys until the rain has subsided
- Plan your route in advance and avoid commonly flooded areas
- Test your front and rear windscreen wiper blades
- Fill up your fuel tank as winter driving uses more fuel
- Carry a mobile phone in case you run into difficulties
During Your Journey
- Switch on your headlights to make yourself visible
- Don’t use rear fog lights as they mask your braking and can dazzle following drivers
- Drive slower than normal and leave greater distances between other motorists
- Watch out for large or fast moving vehicles throwing up spray
- Pay attention to traffic updates and listen out for road closures, flooding and forecasts
- If you break down or get stuck, don’t open the bonnet as this can soak the electrics
- Slow down before driving over standing water as you may aquaplane and lose traction
- Be considerate to cyclists and pedestrians and try not to spray them when driving through standing water
- Use the kerb as an indicator of the depth of flooding
- Do not drive through water of uncertain depth
- If you have to drive through water, use the highest part of the road
- Ensure you have a clear path through the flooding
- Drive slowly and at a steady pace to avoid creating bow waves
- Test your brakes when you have cleared the flooding
- If your engine cuts out after or during driving through deep water, do not restart your engine as this can cause expensive damage
- Call for assistance and have the vehicle recovered and examined.