By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to make sure their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated, because they face added dangers driving on slippery wet roads.
Mondial Assistance UK, a leading provider of roadside assistance, has issued the warning because the heavy rainfalls which have followed the recent long dry spell are likely to make the roads more slippery than drivers expect.
Lee Taylor, Automotive Sales Director at Mondial Assistance UK, said yesterday: “Drivers often underestimate how dangerous the road conditions become when we’ve had a heavy downpour straight after a particularly sunny couple of weeks or months.
“Greasy substances, such as lubricants and general debris including tyre rubber and evaporated fuel deposits accumulate until the rain washes it away.
“But of course it takes a first heavy rain fall such as the one we have seen in the UK today, to loosen the build-up of grime from the tarmac which in turn creates a very slippery surface. This can dramatically impact people’s ability to drive and also affects braking distances and vehicle handling, leading to a much higher risk of accidents.
“Before setting off in the car, however short the journey, drivers should check their tyres as well as all lights, to ensure they can see, be seen and stop as safely as possible.
“The condition of the tyres is extremely important, and they should be checked for correct pressure and legal tread depth. The greater the depth, the more efficient the tyre is in wet weather. Worn tyres are dangerous as the car loses its grip on the road. Check for any signs of damage to tyre walls or wheel rims which can be caused by wear and tear as tyres hit kerbs and large stones.”