Are Your Tires Ready for Wet Spring Roads?
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes occur on wet pavement with more than half a million persons injured and 5,700 killed each year.
Different types of road surfaces also contribute to water’s slippery affect. Asphalt, for instance, contains petroleum, also known as oil deposits, which tend to float out onto the asphalt in the first 10 to 15 minutes after a shower starts. This causes the first sight of rain to be the most dangerous time on the road. Concrete, on the other hand, does not share the same oil feature.
AskPatty joins with NEXEN Tire America to remind drivers about these four important wet weather tire tips:
1) Slick road surfaces will exaggerate any movement. If the road is slippery and you brake too hard, turn too hard, or drive too fast, you can easily go into a skid.
Do you know what to do if you start to skid? First of all, do not panic! Gently ease your foot off the accelerator. With non-ABS brakes, lightly tap the brakes to gradually slow down the car. With ABS brakes do not pump the brakes, simply apply steady and continuous pressure and steer the car in the direction of the skid. A lot of people make the mistake of turning away from the skid which can cause your car to spin. Remember, go with the flow. Anti-lock brakes will allow you to stop the car and retain control to allow you to steer.
2) Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping on wet surfaces. Good tire tread allows water to escape from under the tires, preventing loss of traction. Make sure tires are properly inflated to the pressure shown in the owner’s manual or on the door frame and check them once a month to ensure they remain properly inflated.
3) Tires should be replaced when they are worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. A simple way to test this is to use a penny: Just place the penny in the shallowest tread groove with Lincoln's head pointing down. Check in a few different places. If you're able to see the top of his head, it's time to visit your nearest NEXEN Dealer for new tires. If you want to be extra cautious and replace your tires at 4/32-inch of remaining tread depth, use a quarter instead of a penny and follow the same principle. If the top of Washington’s head is showing you have reached 4/32’s of an inch.
4) Finally, when driving in wet weather, be sure to leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. Give yourself extra room to brake: If you love your car and your passengers, don’t tailgate. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, too: We all know how rainy weather wrecks traffic and ruins commutes. You'll save your sanity and arrive safely if you leave a little earlier than usual when the roads are wet.
For more information or service regarding NEXEN Tire America, visit www.NexenTireUSA.com and use the Dealer Finder to locate your nearest Authorized Nexen Dealer. You can also call the toll-free technical support number: 1-800-57-NEXEN (63936) / 1-866-70-NEXEN (63936). Follow NEXEN Tire on Facebook and Twitter for details on tire and car care tips, exciting contests, and more.
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