According to the stats, England is dry 40% of the time, is 5% likely to snow and has a 45% chance of rain. So considering aquaplaning is reliant on surface water on our roads it’s important for vehicle owners to understand the risks of aquaplaning and essentially how best to avoid it.
So What Is Aquaplaning?
It’s probably a term you are familiar with, but many fail to understand its meaning. In simple terms aquaplaning is where your vehicle loses control on wet roads thanks to a decrease in the dispersion of water. This causes your vehicle to sit on top of the surface water, rather than continue to grip the road.
Thankfully there is one key solution to ensure your tyres increase this dispersion of water, allowing you to gain more control over your vehicle when it’s raining cats and dogs outside…the answer is tread depth. The best way for us to demonstrate this is via the video link from Tyre Safe below.
The more tread on your tyre = a better dispersion of surface water. So, the more tread you have on your tyres, the safer your vehicle; a fact that echoes throughout all aspects of driving. This is why many of the leading tyre manufacturers and retailers have been campaigning to raise the legal minimum tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm as those extra few millimetres can be to an extreme the difference between life and death.
Effecting not only the risk of your vehicle aquaplaning but also your vehicle’s stopping distances, the legal minimum tread depth seems to be left at an extreme; potentially leaving vehicle owner’s at risk. But with little education and information readily available or in the public eye, it’s no wonder that vehicle owners have a certain lack of knowledge around the dangers to which they’re putting themselves and other road users into.
That’s why we’re making it our mission to raise awareness around the risks of minimum tyre tread not only for Tyre Safety Month this October, but throughout the whole of the year. So, after reading this article we’re wondering whether you’re now indeed more conscious around the dangers of tread depth and whether you’re going to make it a priority to check your tyres every month for tread, pressure and overall condition? They are after all only a few small inches of rubber that connects your vehicle to the road.