Stay safe when driving in the summer

It is important if you live in an area that experiences very hot weather to take some precautions before heading out on the road. It is always important to start off with a cool car, make sure all fluids are topped off, keep hydrated, and probably the most important make sure your vehicle is equipped with high quality premium tyres with adequate air pressure.

It is very important to maintain proper tyre inflation as damaged underinflated tyres are at risk for blowouts especially in the hotter weather. It is also important to have enough tread on the tyres, minimum 4mm so allow for proper protection against aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is a loss of traction to the tyres. Experts say that tyres with half their tread depth can take anywhere from three to six feet longer to stop. Properly inflated high-quality tyres are very important to protect against aquaplaning which is something that can be a problem with summer rains and actually the reason for most accidents in the summer. Besides good quality tyres there are some other things that can be done to stay safe when driving in hot summer weather.

There have been many advances in tyres which can help protect against aquaplaning so the choice of a good tyre is the most important safety accessory that you can get for your car to stay safe even in the hottest of summers. Using new summer tyres that have incorporated the latest innovations into the tread will help you to stay safe. They will be much better at handling and preventing aquaplaning. You should use the EU tyre to check the tyres wet grip to see how quickly you can stop the car when you are driving in wet conditions.

Tyres like the Nokian Wetproof, which are new summer tyres have polished lateral and inside grooves which allows them to store more water from between the tyre and the road by accelerating the flow from the main grooves. This tyre also has a new compound that strengthens and stiffens the tread pattern to allow for excellent wet grip from spring to autumn.

This is especially important in the hot summer months as statistics show that there are more fatal accidents in August than any other time of the year. This is possible due to a higher density of people on the road, especially with family vacations in the summer. Another reason is unexpected rain showers increasing the risk of aquaplaning, which as mentioned is the number on reason for accidents in the summer.

As the winter approaches it is important to change to winter tyres in a timely fashion. This will ensure that you can continue to drive safely. As it is unsafe to drive with summer tyres in winter conditions, it is recommended that you already change during autumn when the temperature starts coming down to 7°C, as that is when the winter tyres start to outperform the summer tyres.

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