Wet Weather Tyres
Heavy rainfall can cause large pools of water to collect in dips or crevices on road. This isn't good for motorists who may be unaware that their tyres have submerged in water.
Tread on normal tyres may not be able to disperse the water quickly, leading the vehicle to aquaplane or spin out of control.
Here at Tyre Shopper, we stock a range of wet weather tyres online, designed especially to alleviate this situation.
How do wet weather tyres work?
If too much surface water builds up, normal tyres can lose grasp of the road, affecting both braking and steering, which can be dangerous.
Wet weather tyres are designed to perform well in damp and rainy conditions, by ensuring that water is evacuated from the tyre surface as quickly as possible.
Special deep grooves in the tread pattern allow these tyres to remain in contact with the road, to gripping it effectively while the risk of aquaplaning is substantially minimised.
How can you tell if tyres are suitable for wet weather?
Tyre labelling which now appears by European law on all new passenger tyres includes a rating for wet braking distances.
Tyres are graded A - G. 'A' tyres are the best performers with the shortest wet braking distances.
'G' tyres have the longest braking distances. However, driving performance isn’t just about having the right wet weather tyres - it’s also about tyre maintenance and how you drive.
Driving in wet weather
Besides your tyres there are ways you can ensure you stay safe whilst driving in rainy conditions.
Check tyre pressure
Tyres should be properly inflated and in good condition to ensure they perform well. New tyres with 8mm of tread have a braking distance 10metres shorter than tyres which are down to the legal minimum.
Having tyres properly inflated means you will have less chance of aquaplaning. You should check tyre pressure before each long trip, or at least every three weeks.
Keep safe distance
Slow down and remember to keep your distance from the car in front in wet weather.
A safe distance helps lower your chance of an accident, especially when braking distances increase.
Another top tip is to avoid puddles and try to follow the tracks of a driver ahead of you.
Know how to recover from a skid
If you do skid on a wet road, don't panic and most importantly, don't slam on the brakes. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) be careful not to pump the brake pedals.
Instead, apply firm steady pressure and although it may feel unnatural, steer in the direction of the skid.
We're here to help
Obviously, if you want to avoid an accident when the rainy weather hits, browse our wet weather tyres online today and we'll find a special offer to suit you, as we cater for all budgets.
If you'd like more information about cold weather tyres, head to our winter tyres page.
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