The spray in the front, the headlight flasher in the rear, does that have to be? Until it gets midsummer again and the complaint about eternal drought raises, we apparently still have to expect showers. Or with heavy rain, sometimes appearing out of the blue, as described at the beginning and happening on the A 3 between Würzburg and Frankfurt. Whoever then bolts and pushes is abandoned by all good spirits. Yes, modern cars can allow a lot and usually more than rigid limits. But special circumstances require special caution. And adjusted speed. On wet roads, the tyres grip worse, the braking distance is longer, the reaction time is impaired by poor visibility. If Peter pours down a lot of water, aquaplaning can occur. The tire floats, loses contact with the ground, steering and brakes are limited or lose their entire effect.

At such a moment, even electronic miracle cures such as ESP and ABS no longer help, but rest, and foot off the gas. It is even better to pay attention beforehand, because there are warning signs. Trickles running diagonally across the road can be dangerous, and if the water rushes loudly audibly in the wheel arches, lower speed is required. Sometimes, even in the steering wheel, which suddenly feels doughy, you can feel rainwater pushing itself between the tire and the road. In all these cases, the following applies: slow down, leave the windshield wipers running, switch on the low beam, adjust the air conditioning to prevent fogging, increase the distance. In short, adapted driving. Enjoying a free ride also means showing responsibility. Not the headlight flasher.