Tyres for Wet and Rainy Day: How to Stay Safe
Wet and rainy weather can pose a considerable challenge while driving, and the condition of your tyres plays a significant role in navigating such conditions. Worn tyres increase the risk of aquaplaning in bad weather, reducing friction with the road.
While we can’t control the rain (apologies for that), we can ensure your tyres are prepared for adverse weather. October marks Tyre Safety Month, making it an ideal time to equip your wheels for whatever weather comes your way. At Lux Tyres, we’re here to guide you on how to handle wet journeys with your tyres and ensure they’re ready for the task.
Here’s a simple checklist to ensure your tyres are in optimal condition, covering these aspects will give you a clear assessment of your tyres’ safety:
- Air Pressure: Check if your tyres have the correct air pressure. You can usually find the recommended pressure for your car in your vehicle’s door jam or use our convenient online tyre pressure checker by entering your registration.
- Condition: Examine your tyres for any visible damage, such as lumps, bumps, or cracks. Also, look for signs indicating that your tyres are nearing the end of their lifespan.
- Tread Depth: Your tyre’s tread depth is crucial for maintaining grip on the road, similar to the tread on your shoes’ sole. While the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, it’s advisable to replace your tyres before reaching this point to ensure a safe grip.
If you need assistance with tyre checks, whether for peace of mind or expert advice, we’re here to assist you. Book a free tyre check at Lux Tyres, where our skilled technicians will ensure your readiness to hit the road safely – and it won’t cost you a thing!
Aquaplaning, a situation where a layer of water builds between your tyres and the road, leading to a loss of grip and potential spinning, can be a scary experience.
Here are signs that may indicate you’re losing grip on a wet road:
- The steering may feel lighter.
- The engine noise may suddenly increase.
- The rear of your car may sway from side to side.
If you find yourself aquaplaning, remember these steps:
- Avoid sudden braking, as it could worsen the spin.
- Gradually reduce acceleration.
- Keep the steering wheel straight and wait to regain control.
- Once you regain grip, gently apply the brakes.
In wet weather, stopping distances can more than double due to reduced tyre grip. To enhance safety during your journeys:
- Maintain a considerable distance from the car in front, as it takes longer to stop on wet roads.
- Stay extra vigilant of your surroundings, as rain or snow can hamper visibility and necessitate immediate braking.
Preparation is key to ensuring your safety during wet weather. Keeping your tyres adequately inflated, undamaged, and with good grip significantly reduces the risk of accidents.
If it’s time for tyre replacements, the wetter months are ideal for transitioning to all-season tyres, providing a versatile solution for varying weather conditions throughout the year.
Lux Tyres offers a broad range of trusted tyre brands like Bridgestone, Pirelli, and Avon, catering to every budget. Contact us to find out more.