These days, when the winter months make itself felt intensely, the increasing precipitation once again reveals the importance of road and driving safety. The use of winter tires, which are specially designed to increase the grip of vehicles on wet and slippery roads in rainy weather, plays a vital role. Pointing out that the wide channels in the winter tires drain the water more easily and provide a safe braking distance, Petlas gives important warnings to the drivers.
Puddles formed on the road during heavy rainy season transitions cause a dangerous situation such as aquaplaning for drivers. While the rain water accumulating on the road due to sudden and strong precipitation creates a water layer between the ground and the vehicle tires, this situation brings with it the risk of driving. Aquaplanning is defined as the tire getting stuck in the water discharge channels during precipitation and the vehicle starting to float in the water due to the pressure of this trapped water being higher than the weight of the vehicle. This dangerous situation is more common in light and fast passenger cars. With the tire's contact with the road being significantly reduced, the driver is in danger of losing control of the steering wheel. The vehicle may slide and cause bigger problems.
“Winter tires provide extra safety in rainy weather”
Petlas Marketing Manager Esra Ertuğrul Boran said that winter tires are the most effective solution against aquaplaning, and that winter tires should be used not only when it snows, but also at temperatures below 7 degrees, and said, “Winter tires allow the vehicle to move in a stable and safe manner in variable weather and road conditions where the temperature drops below 7 degrees. designed to provide It provides comfortable driving with the features of preventing aquaplaning, safe braking and cornering by preventing the hardening of the special mixture in winter tires on wet, muddy, slippery, snowy and icy surfaces that are the most challenging for drivers. Winter tires have extra channels that evacuate water for grip in wet weather. That's why drivers need to be aware that winter tires give them extra safety when driving in rainy weather." “The first thing to do is to do nothing”
Esra Boran, who also mentioned how drivers should act during aquaplaning, said, “If your vehicle starts to aquaplan, the first thing to do is to do nothing. Particular attention should be paid not to brake in panic. Since this will completely stop the water discharge of your tire while turning, your vehicle will not react to the steering movement and may be thrown off the road. You should keep your vehicle in a straight line and wait to get out of the puddle, avoiding sudden steering movements.