As the rain lashes down across the country and the MET Office issues severe weather warnings, it’s a good time to make sure your tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated so they can cope with the added dangers driving on slippery wet roads.
The heavy rainfalls can make the road conditions even more treacherous because they are following in the wake of the recent long dry spell which will make the roads more slippery than drivers expect.
As Lee Taylor, Automotive Sales Director at Mondial Assistance UK, said recently: “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.”
The rain loosens 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.
So 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.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team