Title: When it rains, it kills (campaign)

Organisation: Highways England
Date uploaded: 20th December 2016
Date published/launched: November 2016

Highways England launched this new campaign urging drivers to slow down when itís raining, on the back of data showing that road users are 30 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in rain than in snow.

The campaign, Ďwhen it rains, it killsí, says that even driving within the speed limit in wet weather can be dangerous if drivers donít allow extra space between them and the vehicle in front.

The message is being reinforced with rain-activated paint messages visible to people leaving motorway services when it is raining.

The campaign also includes a new video which shows rain falling inside the home of a family imagined to have been involved in a serious road collision, along with a radio ad and posters which can be downloaded and displayed by stakeholders to support the message.

Highways England says it generally takes at least twice as long to stop on a wet road as on a dry road because tyres have less grip.

Advice for drivers includes: slowing down if rain and spray from vehicles is making it difficult to see and be seen; keeping well back from the vehicle in front; and slowing down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive as it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road.

The campaign is the latest initiative by Highways England in its bid to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Englandís motorways and major A roads by 40% by 2020.

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