Aquaplaning - how to deal with this problem if it appears

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

As the season of heavy rain and gusty winds has arrived, mytyres.co.uk warns that the weather condition may transform the road into a dangerous skidpan and recommends its broad array of tires to suit your needs. Mytyres.co.uk is part of Europe’s foremost online tire retailer Delticom. When water gathers on the surface of a road, the chance of aquaplaning will increase drastically. Aquaplaning happens when a cushion of water accumulates between the road surface and the tire, resulting to a loss of steering control which could cause an accident.

To avoid aquaplaning, having enough tire pressures and tread depth is essential. The law necessitates a minimum of 1.6mm of tread, but experts advise that to ensure safety, winter tires should have at least tread depth of 4mm while summer tires must have a tread depth of at least 3mm.

It is also advised to switch tires seasonally. The higher the tread depth, the lesser possibility that the driver experiences aquaplaning. Moreover, the tire pressure should be set at the level recommended in the owner’s handbook. If aquaplaning does take place though, it is advised to stay calm, come off the accelerator and never touch the brakes or attempt to turn the steering.

As speed diminishes, the tires will begin to nip through the film of water to the road surface and control can be obtained back. Mytyres.co.uk has a massive amount of competitively priced tires. It also offers a terrific range of winter tires online. In fact, the retailer has at least 100 different brands and more than 25,000 types of tires available. It has a network of over 1,700 service partners in the United Kingdom that offers high-quality fully fitted service and professional tire fitting and advice.

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