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All About Aquaplaning

Author: James Anderson
by James Anderson
Posted: Apr 04, 2022

As summer is at its peak, you would think that there will be a minimal amount of rain. But in a study, it was found that around 240mm of rain happens in the summer seasons. And with an increase in rains, the probability of aquaplaning increases significantly, which can lead to fatal results on the UK roads.

What is aquaplaning?

Tyres are responsible for maintaining the much-needed grip on the road for normal driving, but if there is any problem in gripping, your vehicle may act uncontrollably. Many drivers think that aquaplaning is an occurrence specific to the winter season. However, against common belief, it can happen any time; whenever the tyres fail to displace the water.

In the situation where there is water on the road, the tyres should grip the road by displacing sufficient water needed to grip the surface of the way. When you drive your car at high speed, the weight of the vehicle fails to dislodge the required liquid and hence, suffer from aquaplaning. In aquaplaning, a considerable amount of water comes in between the water surface on the road and the tyres of the car, causing the tyres to skid on the layer. The skidding can cause the vehicle to go out of control and steer on its own according to the momentum.

What should be done while facing aquaplaning?

In the case you are driving on the wet surface and become a victim of aquaplaning, don't forget to maintain your calm. The first thing that you would commonly do amidst all the chaos is applied brakes, or work on your steering. But all this will only increase your difficulty further because the tyres should be in contact with the road surface in order to stop the car on the application of the brakes, but it is not. Therefore, braking will be of no use. Moreover, applying brakes can cause the vehicle to steer left or right. When the car is skidding, you should maintain your steering without many disturbances, or else the car can rollover as a consequence.

Aquaplaning occur and lasts for only a few seconds in which you have to remain conscious and avoid all kinds of sudden reactions.

How can you prevent it?

There is no better way to prevent aquaplaning than using tyres with unique tread patterns. The best type is an asymmetric pattern or a directional pattern. The smaller grooves in the tread of these tyre types help the tyre from skidding and flow smoothly on the wet surface.

Another the way you can prevent aquaplaning is by using the tyres with the right tread depth. When you find that your tread is going below 3mm, replace it before the rain. Even though the legal depth of tyres in the UK is 1.6mm, it is recommended that you maintain your tread above 3mm for maximum control and prevention against aquaplaning.


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