Aquaplaning can strike any time of the year during heavy rain, which is why TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, has produced a special short video warning motorists how to minimise the risk of this perilous hazard.
The animated film describes how aquaplaning occurs when you are driving in pouring rain and hit a large pool of water: you lose control of your vehicle, you can’t brake, steer or accelerate out of it. It usually occurs when they tyre hasn’t got enough tread to channel the water away.
In wet conditions a cars tyres can clear enough water from the roads to fill a bucket in seven seconds. the deeper your tyre tread the better you can grip on wet roads.
This is why it is important to regularly check your tyre tread depth. If you are not sure how to check your tyre depth, click here to watch our short video, where motoring expert Vicki Butler Henderson explains how to find out if your tyres have at least the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
You can also click here to view the TyreSafe aquaplaning video.
Denna Bowman, Head Office