MOTORWAY police officers have released a picture of a crash on the M62 to warn drivers to take care during heavy rain. 

The driver had a miraculous escape after the car appears to have wrapped around a lamppost in the central reservation. 

NW Motorway Police tweeted 'a combination of poor driving and wet weather' was the cause of the crash on Sunday. 

The post adds: "Just the driver on board who has survived but gone to hospital with injuries.

"This is why all emergency services advise you take care when driving in wet conditions."

And with more heavy rain forecast during the hometime rush hour, thousands of drivers have been sharing the shocking image.

A spokesman added today, Monday: "Our officer has been to see the driver in hospital today and can confirm that they will make a full recovery, which is great news.

"The driver and family involved would like to thank those that assisted at the scene and everyone for their kind well wishes."

What should I do differently when I'm driving in heavy rain?

Advice from the RAC is to slow down.

A spokesman added: "Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front as stopping distances in rain are increased."

Other advice includes: 

  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Also remember to keep your air conditioning on, as this will stop your windows from misting up
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road.  If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water