Rainy weather and wet roads demand greater care and precaution whilst driving. Just a few meters may make that significant difference you need to avoid an accident.
Recognizing that safety is one of the utmost concerns of its customers, Goodyear would like to help all consumers with some practical tips that drivers can use whilst driving in wet weather conditions.
- Reduce Speed: As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oil on the road creating slick conditions ideal for skids. The best way to avoid skidding is to slow down. Driving at a slower pace allows more of the tire's tread to make contact with the road, which leads to better traction.
- Routinely check your tires: Always check your tires before you hit the road. Keep your tires properly inflated and check the tires tread depth. Proper tread depth will help prevent skids and aquaplaning.
- Know how to recover from a skid: Skids can happen even to the most cautious drivers. If your car does skid, remember not to slam on the brakes. Do not pump the brakes if you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Instead, apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes and steer the car in the direction of the skid.
- Keep your distance from the car ahead: Wet weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls – steering, clutch, brake and accelerator – and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. It takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry roads. Since more distance is required to brake, it is important not to tailgate.
- Buy good quality tires: Equipping your vehicle with good quality tires can greatly improve your car’s handling and performance, particularly in wet conditions. The Assurance TripleMax tire from Goodyear has been developed to reduce braking distances by more than 2 meters on wet roads compared to other tires in the market today¹.