Motorists are urged to check their tyres in the wake of spring showers which are likely to bring hazardous conditions to UK roads this weekend.
During the long spells of dryness experienced during the past few weeks, substantial deposits of oil, rubber and waste fuel have accumulated on the road surfaces, according to DIAmond Advanced Motorists.
While the roads are dry, these deposits aren’t too much of a problem, but introducing moisture into mix changes the situation dramatically.
Oil/fuel and water do not mix, causing a tactile film to float on the surface of the moisture, which reduces the ability of tyres to gain traction on the road. This, in turn, affects directional control and braking.
Howard Redwood, head of road safety for DIAmond Advanced Motorists, warned: “Drivers have to adapt to the changing conditions and not simply drive to those that existed when their journey started.
“Driving blind is a highly dangerous and is often the cause of pile-ups. Bear in mind that road situations never change suddenly, they are always in a state of flux, so be prepared.
“Before going out in your car, check that your windscreen washer fluid is topped up and wiper blades are clean and in good condition; ensure that your tyres have enough tread and at the correct pressure; and always leave a stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.
“These three simple things should help you deal with whatever the unpredictable British weather can throw at you – this weekend and all year round.”