By Oliver Hall
Vehicle owners should ensure their tyres are properly inflated and not worn to avoid aquaplaning after sudden summer rainstorms, according to a leading insurance firm.
Motorists who find themselves aquaplaning, must not brake or swerve suddenly – this will put the car into a skid.
Instead, ease off the accelerator until the tyres make contact with the road again (when aquaplaning the steering is extremely light), advises Saga insurance.
Brake very gently, with light pumping actions. If the car has ABS, brake normally – the system will automatically ‘pump’ the brakes.
Motorists should also avoid driving through puddles and surface water wherever possible and drive in the tyres tracks left by the vehicles ahead, is the advice from Saga insurance.
Over recent years, sudden summer rainstorms have become more and common, as they wash their way across the UK’s roads.
Road surfaces that have been dry for any prolonged length of time suddenly become very greasy and that means they’re extremely slippery.
Anyone unlucky enough to drive into a real downpour might also find that drainage systems, particularly on country lanes, just can’t cope with a deluge from the skies, and the road floods.