If you were in your car this weekend during the torrential rain you could probably see first hand why Formula One drivers like to be at the front – all that spray from the cars ahead makes driving, especially on motorways, even more stressful.
But while you can’t do anything about the weather, there are a couple of simple checks you can make to your tyres which can help to relieve some of the tensions of driving in heavy rain by ensuring they can cope with this hazard.
First, always ensure you have at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. However, motoring experts recommend you consider changing your tyres when they wear below 3mm to maintain safe handling, steering and braking.
Making sure your tyres have plenty of grip will also help you to avoid the perils of aquaplaning, which occurs when the water between your tyres and the road surface cannot be removed quickly enough. As your tyre tread becomes worn its ability to resist aquaplaning is reduced and the deeper the water, the sooner you’ll lose traction.
Secondly, ensure your tyres are properly inflated. Insufficient pressure strongly increases the risk of aquaplaning. If tyre pressures are 30% below that recommended then there is a sharp increase in the risk of aquaplaning.
And finally, remember if you are driving in the rain you are not on a F1 circuit – the purpose is to complete your journey safely, not beat all the other cars on the road.
Denna Bowman, Head Office