Pay attention on wet roads

Motorists are reminded to take extra care on the roads with extreme wet weather warnings forecast for Sydney.

Heavy rain is forecast for most of the day in the greater Sydney region, with up to 120mm possible rainfall and the chance of a thunderstorm, which may increase the danger on roads.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, is urging motorists to be aware of their surroundings and pay extra attention when behind the wheel.

“With severe rain predicted roads will become slippery and unpredictable,” said Assistant Commissioner Corboy.

“We are asking all road users to reconsider the need to be on the roads throughout what will be a severe rain event tomorrow.

“Drivers need to consider reducing their speed to make sure they have enough braking distance for themselves and for the vehicle in front, and to drive to the conditions.

“Wet weather is particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders and cyclists and if they are on the road, they should wear bright coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles and share roads safely.

“There’s also the real potential for NSW Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, SES, RFS and the VRA to be roadside with their red & blue lights flashing, so if you see emergency services on scene, drop down to 40km an hour on both sides of the road and pass them safely.”

  • Be aware of road conditions in your area and plan your trip accordingly. Check livetraffic.com, bom.gov.au, and ses.nsw.gov.au for the latest information.
  • Remember to give way at intersections where lights are out and proceed with extra caution.
  • Leave greater breaking distances between you and the car in front because it takes longer to stop when its wet.
  • Drivers and motorcycle riders should use their headlights in heavy rain to be seen by other road users.
  • Motorists should never attempt to drive through floodwaters or cross flooded causeways.
  • Pedestrians should wear bright or high-vis clothing and use crossings at controlled intersections.

To obtain real-time information about the forecast and expected weather, visit the BOM website and the SES website