Monday, October 26, 2015
TYRES AND WET WEATHER - PART 2 | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON
Driving in the rain can be a scary thing, and at night it’s even worse. Your tyres are what’s holding you to the ground and preventing you from sliding off the road. Correct tyre pressure and good tyre condition are two of the main contributors to road safety during wet weather. Here are some more tips for driving in wet weather:
As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oil on the road creating slick conditions perfect for skids. The best way to avoid skidding is to slow down. Driving at a slower pace allows more of the tyre's tread to make contact with the road, which leads to better traction.
Cloudy weather reduces visibility and as such you should use extra caution when passing other vehicles on the road.
Are you visible?
All motorists should regularly check that their headlights, rear lights, brake lights and turn indicators are working properly before venturing onto the road. You should also make a mental note to yourself that wet-weather driving demands a gentler use of all the main controls – steering, clutch, brake and accelerator – and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies.
Learn how to handle and avoid aquaplaning.
Aquaplaning happens when the water in front of your tyres builds up faster than your car's weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes your car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tyres and the road. At this point, your car can be completely out of contact with the road, and you are in danger of skidding or drifting out of your lane, or even off the road.
To avoid aquaplaning, keep your tyres properly inflated, ensure that there is adequate tread on your tyres (and replace them when necessary) and stay away from puddles. If you find yourself aquaplaning, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid.
Ease your foot off the accelerator until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If you need to brake, do so gently with light pumping actions. If your car has ABS, then brake normally; the car's computer will mimic a pumping action when necessary, without locking up.
If the rain becomes too heavy then stop!
Heavy rain can overload the wiper blades, allowing an almost continuous sheet of water to flow over the screen. When visibility is so limited that the edges of the road or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to pull over and wait for the rain to ease up. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas, but if the roadside is your only option, pull off as far as possible while keeping your headlights and hazard warning lights on to alert other drivers.
Pop into our Fury Ford Sandton dealership and we’ll check your blades, lights and tyres for you!