Coping with dramatically different weather conditions

August 30, 2012 | By | In Advice

The typical British summer means that drivers shouldn’t assume the best of the weather out there – with some particularly heavy storms and rainfall occurring recently, there are steps that you can take to ensure you don’t get caught out.

During heavy rainfall and a build-up of surface water on the roads, there is a much higher chance that a driver will lose control of his vehicle in a process known as aquaplaning. Put simply, it occurs when enough water gets in between the tyre and the road such that it completely loses traction. Water pressure forces the wheel up, causing it to skate upon a layer of water and taking away the friction the tyre needs for the driver to have control over braking or steering.

The problem will only right itself in the case of the car slowing down enough that the tyres can regain a hold on the surface of the road; either it will naturally slow down or – in the worst case – collide with something to make it stop such as the car in front.

The best way to avoid such potential for an accident in the first instance is to avoid these problem roads. The best advice would be not to make the journey at all. If it is absolutely necessary then make sure your tyres are in the best condition possible; check the pressure and the grip of your tyres and take steps to improve them. On hotter days of the year it’s not unusual to see the tarmac on the roads beginning to melt; the quick rise and fall of temperatures can alter the state of the roads as a result, creating many potholes.

These can be very hazardous for cars if driven over; causing much potential damage to a car’s tyres and suspension. A lot of care must be taken when navigating roads which are prone to potholes; they are most prevalent on busy roads as the pressure of such volumes of traffic can make them even worse.

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