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If you know anybody who, in the past week, has made a “joke” playing on the fact that it's raining really quite hard even though there were warnings of droughts and hosepipe bans, cease all communication with that person immediately.

You don't need friends like that.

Yes, it really is raining something awful, and the Met Office have issued warnings that things might get even worse.

Which is why the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have issued advice for driving in adverse weather.

Says their chief examiner Peter Rodger: "A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and motorcyclists too.

“When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down.”

This heavy rain could even lead to severe flooding. You never know. Remember 2007? Yeah.

In cases of flooding, the counsel is to not make the journey at all. But some journeys are unavoidable. In the coming days, you may have to drive through deep water.

In which case, here are the IAM's six tips for driving through flash floods:

1.  Drive on the highest section of the road and don't set off if a vehicle is approaching you

2.  Leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and pedestrians

3.  Drive slowly and keep going once you have started – make sure you have a clear run. In a manual car, keep the revs high by "slipping the clutch" (which means the clutch is not fully engaged) all the time you are in the water

4.  If you can’t see where you are going to come out of the water, such as when approaching flooding on a bend, think twice about starting to drive into it

5.  In deep water never take your foot off the accelerator, as this could allow water to travel up the exhaust pipe

6.  Once you're out of the water, dry the brakes before you need them. The best way is to lightly apply the brake as you drive along for a few seconds, after checking nothing is following you too closely.

Take care, and good luck!

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