Numerous accidents have been reported due to aquaplaning this last week. They tend to happen during and after heavy rain, when the water piles up on the road surface. This increases the risk for aquaplaning. When a car aquaplanes and loses control, the risk for accidents are high and the results can be quite severe if the speed is high. The risk will increase if the tyres are worn out, so that they have very limited tread pattern and tread depth.
As it is mainly summer tyres or all-weather tyres that face heavy rain, as rain is more limited during winters, it is important to assess if your tyres are good at preventing aquaplaning or not. There has been a row of improvements done to tyres to better be able to prevent aquaplaning; there has also been some recent inventions by some of the tyre manufactures that further reduce the risk of experiencing it. This definitely adds another degree of safety, as accidents due to aquaplaning are very frequent when it rains during the summer.
The best way to avoid aquaplaning is to have good quality tyres in good condition, that are good at preventing aquaplaning with improved tread patterns and polished grooves to speed up the flow of water away from the surface. As long as the tread is in contact with the road surface, you will have control over your vehicle. If you lose the contact, you lose control and will glide on top of the water layer. It is this lack of control that causes accidents, when cars hit the barriers and spin out of control. Speed will also impact the likelihood of losing control, as the higher the speed, the less time the tyre has to remove the water from the surface area. This is why it is always recommended to lower the speed during very heavy rain. This is also the way that you escape aquaplaning, that when the control is lost, the speed will diminish automatically and you will regain contact again. If you haven’t completely lost control over the vehicle, the tyres will regain contact and the control is re-established. So even if it is scary even if there is no accident, it is often a very short loss of control.