Check your tyres to avoid the perils of aquaplaning

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The bookmakers reckon it is odds-on that 2015 is likely to go down in history as the wettest year ever and that September will certainly clinch the title for the wettest month.

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etyres specialise in tyres, so we won’t be making any wild forecasts as far as the weather goes, we’ll leave that to the meteorologist and the bookmakers. But one thing we do know for certain is that all this rain means drivers need to be able to rely on their tyres to keep them safe on the roads this autumn.

All new tyres are sold with 8mm of tread depth and they were down to the legal limit of 1.6mm at varying times, depending on your driving style, tyre maintenance, roads, etc. If you are not sure how to check your tread depths take a couple of minutes to watch the short video we shot with Vicki Butler Henderson, where she shows you exactly how to do it using the tread wear indicators.

Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to remove water from between the tyre and the road surface. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.

Aquaplaning occurs when the water between your tyres and the road surface cannot be removed quickly enough. This layer of water builds up in front of the tyres until the pressure of the water exceeds the pressure of the tyre on the road, resulting in the tyres losing contact with the road surface. This loss of traction causes the wheels to slip and prevents the vehicle from responding to steering, braking or accelerating. As a result, your vehicle can go out of control, start to skid or spin.

The fact is, the more tread depth on your tyres, the more water they can disperse.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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