Drive Safe In The Rain Say East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Friday 16th September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Rain & hail

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on road users to take extra care as bad weather hits the area.

Other parts of the UK have already been badly affected by heavy rain in the last 24 hours.

Eastbourne is on a severe weather warning today (16 September) with heavy rain expected to fall for much of the day.

Road safety advice
•    Remember to slow down and keep your distance from the car in front of you - it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice.
•    Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible more may come down after the heavy rain softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous.
•    If your vehicle loses its grip, or "aquaplanes" on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don't brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.
Who can help

During extreme weather, we prioritise calls where lives may be at risk. Where lives are not at immediate risk, a number of other organisations may be better placed to help.

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