At this time of year, when the rain starts to flood the roads, drivers should be aware of the dangers of aquaplaning.
This happens when the water in front of your tyres builds up faster than your cars weight can push it out of the way.
Making sure your tyres are properly inflated is one way you can avoid aquaplaning. Also ensuring they have plenty of grip and replacing them at the very least when the tread depth reaches the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
It is wise to also slow down when roads are wet, and stay away from puddles. Another good tip is to try and drive in the tyre tracks left by the cars in front of you.
You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves and steering and braking with a light touch.
When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid.
When a car is aquaplaning the water pressure has caused it to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tyres and the road. At this point, your car can be completely out of contact with the road, and you are in danger of skidding or drifting out of your lane, or even off the road.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. Ease your foot off the accelerator until the car slows and you can feel the road again.
If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping actions.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team