Check your tyres to stay safer on flooded roads

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With more and more roads becoming flooded as the rain continues to pour, motorists are being urged to make sure their tyres can cope with the hazardous driving conditions.

Aquaplaning commonly occurs when vehicles which are equipped with tyres with insufficient or low levels of tread depth, come into contact with standing water.

The layer of water betwen the tyres and the road surface may not be removed quickly enough, which means the water builds up in front of the tyres until the tyre loses contact with the road surface.

This loss of traction is referred to as aquaplaning and the slipping wheels prevent the vehicle from responding to steering, braking or acceleration. As a result, the vehicle can lose control, starting to skid or spin dangerously.

However, by taking just a few minutes to inspect your tyres regularly, TyreSafe advises that the impact of these issues can be reduced.

To reduce the risk of aquaplaning on water-logged roads, drivers are advised to check the tread depth of their tyres. New tyres often have a tread depth of around 8mm, far greater than the legal minimum requirement of 1.6mm, which makes them much more efficient at removing water and able to cope with standing water.

Any drivers unfortunate enough to suffer from aquaplaning are advised to hold the steering wheel lightly and ease off the throttle until the tyres regain grip.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explains how the threat of aquaplaning can be minimised if drivers spend a few moments checking their tyres on a regular basis.

Jackson explained: “The checks are incredibly easy to make, but they could make the world of difference to your safety on the road.” He added: “Checking your tyres may see like an unnecessary or daunting task, but in the current conditions it’s even more important than normal.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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