How To Drive Safely In Heavy Rain

In Northern Europe, the autumn means dark evenings and usually lots of rain. Sudden showers and water puddles on roads can cause a dangerous situation for drivers if the car begins to aquaplane uncontrollably. The risk of aquaplaning is the highest in ruts and curves, where there can be several centimetres of water between the tyre and the road. The best way to prevent aquaplaning is to use new tyres.

Even they do not completely eliminate the risk of aquaplaning, but it is possible to control the car as long as you adjust the driving speed to the conditions and anticipate dangerous situations. You may need to slow your speed by as much as 15–20 km/h to allow the tread patterns to pump all the water away from between the tyre and the road. Tyre pressure also has a huge impact on car behaviour in rainy weather. Checking the pressure regularly pays off, as excessively low pressure increases the risk of aquaplaning and affects the tyre’s driving properties.