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Wet Weather Tyres for Safe Journeys

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The tread of the tyres on your vehicle is of optimum importance throughout the year but in wet weather, a thin tread could lead you to start aquaplaning, an experience that no driver should inflict on themselves or on the people around them, including other drivers and pedestrians.

Wet weather tyres have directional tread which makes them more effective at maintaining grip and displacing water.

As autumn and winter loom, please don’t assume that your vehicle is in perfect condition and that your tyres can cope with the demands of cold, wet weather. That could be a dangerous assumption. Please speak to car tyre fitting services professional for peace of mind.

In wet weather, the braking distance and visibility are impacted negatively. A diminished level of grip means that it takes longer to stop and the lower the tread the more this distance increases. To be road safe please visit a car tyre centre you trust, like the locally renowned Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts. They have the time to discuss and fit your wet weather tyres, and snow and ice tyre solutions.

A car tyre fitting services specialist checks the air and tread plus alignment to ensure that you are roadworthy. Wet weather tyres offer safety in treacherous conditions so please take advantage of every tool which minimises the risk of getting behind the wheel.

Experts recommend that in extremely bad weather journeys are postponed, this is not always possible and so preparation is vital. Wet weather car tyres fitted by specialists meet all legal and environmental regulations and help drivers to act in line with RoSPA guidelines. Please don’t be an accident statistic through negligence.

Wet weather driving tips:

  • Check all the tyres tread depth, including a spare.
  • Prevent aquaplaning with wet weather tyres.
  • Aquaplaning occurs when the water in front of your tyres increases faster than your car’s weight can push it away. The water pressure makes the vehicle rise and slide on the thin layer of water between your tyres and the road. You may be completely off the road surface. Surely, it’s better not to present an opportunity for this by using wet weather car tyre fitting services?
  • Ensure that the correct air pressure is maintained. Ask a car tyre centre if you’re not sure what the manufacturers specify.
  • Drive slowly and give yourself more distance when braking. Even with excellent tread you need space to operate. Just over two car lengths is recommended by Goodyear.
  • Rather than braking, try taking your foot off the accelerator.
  • Driving slowly also allows more of the tyre tread to make contact with the road and displaces increased levels of water so offers better grip.
  • 4% of tyres checked in a survey had a tread depth of 2mm or less. That’s approximately 24 million of the tyres on UK roads. Are you a guilty driver?

Take advice from leading car tyre centre specialists, like the team at Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts. Wet weather tyres are a wise investment.

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