With rain signalling an end to the recent hot spell, motorists should pay special attention to their tyres to cope with the wet roads and possible risk of flooding.
Flash floods after a prolonged dry spell could make driving conditions very hazardous, which is why it’s vital to make sure your tyres are in good condition.
Research has indicated that skidding in the wet is a motorist’s major fear, which can result from reduced adhesion of the tyre following driving through deep water.
The build-up of rainfall on the road can equally cause aquaplaning, the loss of steering capability and grip, as a result of a layer of water forming between the tyre and road surface.
In addition, braking distances are significantly extended in the wet by up to four times compared to dry conditions.
The risks associated with wet weather driving can be reduced through maintaining tyres to the manufacturer recommended pressures and to the legal minimum tread depth.
TyreSafe recommends simple 5 minute tyre safety check to ensure that their tyres are safe before starting their journey.
1. Check, and adjust if necessary, the tyre pressure in each tyre including the spare as recommended in the manufacturer’s handbook
2. Clean dirt from around valves and fit dust caps to all tyres;
3. Remove stones and other foreign objects from the tread;
4. Check that tyres have at least 1.6mm of tread across three quarters of the width of the tyre. TyreSafe recommends that motorists consider changing tyres when the tread falls below 3mm;
5. Check for uneven tyre wear which might mean steering misalignment or out of balance wheels;
6. Check tyres for cuts and bulges which could render the tyre defective and potentially dangerous; and
7. TyreSafe recommends that if tyres need replacing they should be replaced in two’s or all four.
Denna Bowman, Head Office