Traffic Alert – Driving in Wet Weather

Take Care Out There

Damien Willoughby

30 April 2019

Damien Willoughby

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VicRoads would like to remind motorists to slow down and take extra care in wet weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast heavy rain and storms across the state today and tomorrow.


Bad weather should prompt drivers to slow down and use extreme care.

Conditions can change quickly. Be vigilant at all times and ensure there are no distractions that will take your focus off the road.

Drivers are reminded to ensure they leave extra space between them and the car in front, as braking distances increase in wet conditions.

Be sure to turn headlights on, and be extra vigilant for cyclists and motorbikes which are harder to see.

If the rain becomes too heavy for wipers to cope, pull over safely and wait for the rain to pass.

Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water. You wouldn’t drive through flames, so don’t drive through floods.

Cars can float in as little as 15cm of water – that’s water the depth of an average pen. 

Make sure loads are secure, particularly on elevated roadways. Pay attention to overhead signage as speeds can be reduced if winds increase.


For the latest traffic information around the state visit

If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 (open 24/7).

In an emergency, call Triple Zero.

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