With Christoph the latest in what is likely to be a string of storms this winter, TyreSafe is urging motorists to check their tyres to reduce the risk of an incident while out on the road.
While snow is forecast for some parts of the country, it is unlikely to remain on the ground for long. Thawing snow will add to the risk of flooding, which is also forecast across many regions. When driving in these conditions, tread depth is essential to ensure the vehicle remains in contact with the road.
When there is significant standing water, the biggest risk is ‘aquaplaning’. Also known as ‘hydroplaning’, aquaplaning is caused when a layer of water builds up between a vehicle’s tyres and the surface of the road. When this happens, tyres are not effectively in contact with the road, making any attempts by the driver to steer, brake or accelerate ineffective – in other words, they’re out of control.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “Regularly checking tyres are in good roadworthy condition is essential to minimising risks of an incident on the roads. Of course, that becomes more apparent in times of extreme weather, as we experience during the winter. Aquaplaning is dangerous and frightening for the driver so, drive to the road conditions and ensure your tyres have the tread they need to keep you safe on your journey.”