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Driving in the wet Weather

Posted on 22 February, 2016 at 7:30

Driving in the wet Weather 


Wet weather and aquaplaning


The cold weather is here, along with lots of rain, standing water and snow forecast this week in Sheffield.


Since we have had a relatively dry summer, the ground is hard and water cannot seep away so easily, so much so that there have been big puddles on the roads and a number of accidents where vehicles have aquaplaned.


Aquaplaning happens when a cars tyres cannot release enough water through the tread, and the tyre ends up 'floating' on a wave of water, there is no contact with the road surface, no grip and the vehicle has no control. At this point the vehicle can skid off the road and there is nothing the driver can do about it.


For this reason even though the legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm, it is recommended that tyres should be changed when they get down to 3mm. At 3mm there is enough depth in the grooves to allow water to escape and keep the vehicle under control.wet driving


Even in the dry there is a massive difference in braking distances between a tyre with 3mm of tread and a tyre with only 1.6mm.


At Hometyre Shefffield, we will happily come out to you to change your tyres, just give us a call on 0114 345 3465 and speak to our sales staff, they will advise you on the best tyres for you based on information such as the type of driving you do.





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