5 Tyre Tips on Driving in the Wet

Published On 07-Jun-2016 00:57:08By TyreDekho Team

[caption id="attachment_877" align="alignnone" width="1024"]5 Tyre tips to stay safe while driving in the rain 5 Tyre tips to stay safe while driving in the rain[/caption]

Monsoon comes as a godsend after the scorching heat of summer. While rains offer the much needed respite we all wait for desperately, it disrupts our day to day lives and causes a bit of an inconvenience as well, especially when you travel by your own vehicle/motorcycle. However pleasant driving or riding in the rain be, it requires utmost care and concentration on your part before you step out and hit ‘wet’ roads for a joyride or a daily commute.

Water-logging, puddles, slippery roads, etc., are a common sight during monsoon in India. As a result, it is worthwhile to carry out essential check-ups on your vehicle so as to make it rain-worthy beforehand. While there are a lot of components in a vehicle that may need repairing or a complete replacement, the most crucial of all is unarguably the vehicle’s contact patch with the road- tyres.

You need to have sturdy and ‘fit’ tyres to help your vehicle wade through wet roads and puddles. So, how to ensure if you or your vehicle’s tyres are up for the job? Here are a few quick tyre tips to be safer whilst driving in the rains:

[caption id="attachment_878" align="alignnone" width="1007"]Slow down when approaching standing water or puddles Slow down when approaching standing water or puddles[/caption]

1. Avoid or reduce Aquaplaning: Aquaplaning occurs when the water between your tyres and the road surface cannot be dispersed quickly enough. This creates a layer of water that builds up in front of the tyres. The water pressure exceeds the pressure of the tyre on the road, thus, resulting in the tyres to lose contact with the road surface, causing traction loss. This, in turn, causes the tyres to ‘float’ above the road and prevents the vehicle from responding to steering, braking or accelerating inputs. In simple words, your car will feel like a boat, only one which is not at all steerable. Aquaplaning is one of the most scariest and dangerous situations while driving on wet roads and can potentially lead to an uncontrollable spin or skid.

Drive at low speeds, especially while approaching standing water or puddles and maintain correct air-pressure to spare yourself the horror of aquaplaning.

2. Tyre Tread Depth: Checking tyre condition and tread depth is the most basic of steps to ensure the worth of your vehicle’s tyres. A bald or worn out tyre will increase chances of skidding or aquaplaning on wet surfaces. Make sure the tread depth of each tyre is between 2-4 mm at the very least. The grooves and sipes on a tyre help in quick dispersal of water from between the road and the tyre contact patch. A worn out tread/tyre will result in compromised road-grip and stability.

[caption id="attachment_879" align="alignnone" width="833"]A tyre with worn out tread/grooves/sipes will not disperse water quickly A tyre with worn out tread/grooves/sipes will not disperse water quick enough[/caption]

3. Fitting new tyres: If the tread-depth dips below than what is recommended, junk the old tyres and buy a new pair. However, in many cases, it has been seen that not all the tyres need replacing in a vehicle at the same time; it could be only be one or two tyres.

If you buy only two new tyres, install them on the rear axle irrespective of whether your car is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This is done because a worn out set of tyres will tend to oversteer (rear spinning out) when fitted on the rear axle. However, when placed on front, the same tyres will precipitate understeer (turning less sharply; vehicle moves away from the desired trajectory) which is more controllable and of course less scary.

Make it a point to put tyres with more tread-depth at the back during routine tyre services as well.

4. Maintaining correct air pressure: An over-inflated tyre will reduce the surface area of the tyre, thereby, also reducing its contact patch on the road. This will make your vehicle more prone to aquaplaning. Similarly, an under-inflated tyre will put more stress on the tyre sidewall and will increase the chances of a puncture if in case you inadvertently hit something - which is more likely to happen during rains than on normal driving days. As per a study, chances of aquaplaning increase sharply if tyre pressure is reduced 30 per cent below the recommended value.

Also, maintaining correct air-pressure is not a monsoon-specific practice. You should always maintain correct pressure on all wheels all the time.

[caption id="attachment_880" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Don't take corners over enthusiastically on wet roads Don't take corners over enthusiastically on wet roads[/caption]

5. Cornering: When a vehicle encounters a corner, its tyres go through a series of rapid activities like decelerating, braking, leaning and accelerating- all at the same time. Whilst driving/riding on wet roads, try and avoid putting excessive ‘cornering’ forces on tyres. The physics behind this is simple- the friction between the road and tyre is reduced by a great extent in such conditions. As a result, you are required to take corners in a more conservative manner than usual. Otherwise, you may end up skidding or losing control of the vehicle completely!

You Might Also Be Interested In

Latest Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • ZVTV A4
    ZVTV A4
    165/80 R14 85Ttubeless
    Rs3,250
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • CZAR A/T
    CZAR A/T
    255/65 R18 111HNA
    Rs11,390
    • iconDry Grip
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconHandling
    View September Offers
  • Apterra Cross
    Apterra Cross
    205/65 R16tubeless
    Rs6,100
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • AT 20 Grand Trek
    AT 20 Grand Trek
    265/65 R17 110Stubeless
    Rs14,699
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • UM 551
    UM 551
    165/80 R14 85Ttubeless
    Rs3,505
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • FR500
    FR500
    185/65 R14 86Htubeless
    Rs3,491
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Smart UX Royal
    Smart UX Royal
    215/60 R17tubeless
    Rs8,055
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • CINTURATO P1
    CINTURATO P1
    245/40 R17 91Wtubeless
    Rs14,577
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    140/70-17tubeless
    Rs4,200
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Conta 725
    Conta 725
    90/90 R12tubeless
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Gripp XL
    Gripp XL
    90/90 R19tubeless
    Rs1,750
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • M6303
    M6303
    90/90 R12 54Jtubeless
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • BT SPORTMAXX
    BT SPORTMAXX
    140/70 R17tubeless
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Feelfree
    Feelfree
    120/70 R15 56H M/Ctubeless
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Conti Aqua Gripp
    Conti Aqua Gripp
    3.00-18 6PRtube
    Rs1,560
    • iconDry Grip
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Zapper S
    Zapper S
    140/70-14tubeless
    Rs2,625
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Load Power NW
    Load Power NW
    10.00R20NA
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • X INCITY XZUE3+
    X INCITY XZUE3+
    295/80 R22.5na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • ENDUTMRACE RD
    ENDUTMRACE RD
    315/70 R22.5na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • JET XTRA
    JET XTRA
    8.25-16na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • STEEL MUSCLE-S3P4
    STEEL MUSCLE-S3P4
    10.00 R20tube
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Mile XL X3 R
    Mile XL X3 R
    295/95 D20na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • TG 01
    TG 01
    10 R 20tube
    Rs43,000
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • AGB 21
    AGB 21
    295/80 R 22.5tubeless
    Rs36,000
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers

Best Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • SecuraDrive
    SecuraDrive
    205/60 R16tubeless
    Rs6,475
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • ZLX
    ZLX
    155/65 R14tubeless
    Rs3,135
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View September Offers
  • Milaze
    Milaze
    145 R12tubeless
    Rs1,976
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Vectra
    Vectra
    175/65 R14 82Ttubeless
    Rs3,149
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    • iconHandling
    • iconLow noise
    View September Offers
  • Fuel Smarrt
    Fuel Smarrt
    165/80 R14 85Ttubeless
    Rs3,505
    • iconFuel efficient
    • iconDry Grip
    View September Offers
  • Taximax
    Taximax
    175/65 R14tubeless
    Rs3,970
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • ZVTV
    ZVTV
    185/65 R15 88Ttubeless
    Rs4,299
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View September Offers
  • Alnac
    Alnac
    195/65 R15 91Htubeless
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    • iconHandling
    • iconLow noise
    View September Offers
  • MILAZE
    MILAZE
    2.50/R16 41Ltube
    Rs875
    • iconLow noise
    • iconDry Grip
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • SECURA ZOOM F
    SECURA ZOOM F
    90/90 R17 49Ptubeless
    Rs1,610
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • GRIPP
    GRIPP
    100/90 R18 56Ptube
    Rs2,040
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Nylogrip Plus
    Nylogrip Plus
    80/100-18tubeless
    Rs1,420
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • PILOT SPORTY
    PILOT SPORTY
    2.75/R17 41P 4PRtube
    Rs1,650
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Zoom XL F
    Zoom XL F
    110/70 R17 54Htubeless
    Rs1,775
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • MoGrip Meteor M
    MoGrip Meteor M
    120/90-17 64Htube
    Rs3,500
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Nylogrip Ezeeride
    Nylogrip Ezeeride
    80/100-18tubeless
    Rs1,570
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • WINMILE D
    WINMILE D
    11.00 R20na
    Rs15,000
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • FM Super
    FM Super
    10.00-20/16na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • MUSCLEROK
    MUSCLEROK
    10.00-20tube
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • HCL Super
    HCL Super
    12.00-20/18na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Lug Plus
    Lug Plus
    10.00-20/16na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Mile XL Rib Pro
    Mile XL Rib Pro
    8.25-20/16Pna
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • Lug XL Pro
    Lug XL Pro
    8.25-20/16na
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
  • THE LUG-PLUS
    THE LUG-PLUS
    10.00-20tube
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View September Offers
×
Which is your city ?