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It’s not just F1 drivers who have to worry about rain!
July 16, 2014

It’s not just Formula One drivers who have to worry about the effects of heavy rainfall before setting out – everyone must be aware of the dangers of aquaplaning during downpours.

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, you can lose control of your vehicle as it slips, skids and spins. It can be a very frightening experience.

To reduce the risk of aquaplaning follow these simple steps:

• Check your tyres and tyre inflation regularly – insufficient pressure strongly increases the risk of aquaplaning. If tyre pressures are 30% below that recommended by the vehicle manufacturer there is a sharp increase in the risk of aquaplaning

• Check your tyre wear and tread depth – the more tread depth you have remaining on your tyres the more water you can disperse, reducing the risk of aquaplaning

• Reduce your speed – especially when approaching large puddles or areas of standing water

If you discover you need new tyres, remember etyres Epsom supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles and our highly competitive prices are now even lower, because we are offering £25 off when you order four or more new tyres or a £10 discount if you buy two or three new tyres as part of our Summer Sale.

Why it is important to check your tyres regularly
July 1, 2014

Your tyres are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road surface, which means they play a vital role in keeping you safe. Your acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on your four tyres relatively small contact area with the road surface so their correct selection, care and maintenance is essential.

It is estimated that over 1200 road casualties are caused on UK roads by an accident where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor. This is why it is crucial to always make sure your tyres are in a safe and legal condition.

It only takes a few moments to check three key areas which could have an enormous impact on your safety on the roads. Your tyre pressure, tread depth and general condition should be checked regularly, at least once a month and especially before a long journey.

If you discover you have a puncture or a damaged tyre, contact etyres Epsom immediately, because it is possible we can carry out our mobile puncture repair service, which only costs £25 per tyre, and will not only help to keep you safe, but could save you a lot of money if it means you do not have to buy a new tyre.

etyres Staines also supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands and if you order four or more new tyres you can benefit from an extra £25 discount or £10 off if you buy two or three new tyres, thanks to our popular Summer Sale which is on now.