Check your tyres to avoid aquaplaning in torrential rain

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With heavy rain set to continue lashing the UK this week we are urging you to make sure your tyres are up to coping with the hazardous driving conditions.

Tyres without adequate tread depth may suffer from a loss of grip or traction leading to longer stopping distances, reduced handling and an increased risk of aquaplaning on rain-soaked roads.

Aquaplaning is the result of the tyres no longer pushing away the amount of water on the road, the car ends up rising up on a film of water and suddenly both steering and brakes no longer work properly.

In the event of aquaplaning motorists are advised not to apply the brakes suddenly or turn the steering wheel. The best thing to do is ease off the accelerator and let the car roll, pump the brakes lightly if the vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes fitted as standard.

To cope properly with wet conditions, tyres should have the correct tread depth as the tread pattern helps to remove water from the road surface, allowing the tyre to grip the road properly.

The easiest way to check this is to insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of their car’s tyres. If the outer rim of the coin is covered by the tread, this indicates sufficient tread depth to be safe and legal.

If the outer rim of the coin is visible, it is likely the tyres need to be replaced.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres at highly competitive prices to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and the premium brands.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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