Check tyres to avoid aquaplaning on wet and slippery roads

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Spring weather in the UK is often characterised by sunny spells and showers – which can be a deadly combination on the roads.

Accidents regularly occur when rain falls after long dry spells, causing road conditions to become very slippery, it can also cause vehicles to aquaplane. This is why it is very important to ensure tyres always have plenty of tread, in order to reduce the risk of sliding and aquaplaning in these conditions.

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, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced handling.

To reduce chances of losing control and aquaplaning on wet roads motorists should also adjust their driving habits, slow down, avoid hard braking or turning sharply.

Also, it’s important for drivers to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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