ERJ staff report (LMH)
Akron, Ohio - Goodyear has issued advice for motorists driving in constantly changing weather conditions, when road surfaces quickly transition from dry to wet, to areas of standing water, or even to snow and ice.
â€œWet-weather driving demands an ability to use all of the basic controls of a vehicle - steering, clutch, brakes, accelerator - along with applying proper judgment and a larger allowance for potential errors and emergencies,â€ said Garth Ely, Goodyear's director of brand marketing. â€œObviously, the right equipment also plays a part, and that includes anti-lock brakes, traction control systems and good tyres with ample tread.â€
Goodyear has these tips for driving in wet road conditions:
Slow down. As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oils on the road surface, creating potential slick conditions that can lead to skids. Driving at a slower pace allows more of the tyre's tread to make contact with the road, which leads to better traction.
Check your tyres. Always check your tyres before driving and keep them properly inflated.
Know when to stop driving. If the rain or other inclement weather becomes too severe, it may be best to simply pull over to a safe location and stop driving.
Remember your own shoes. As your tyres work outside the car to grip the road surface during wet and sloppy conditions, remember that the grip of your footwear inside the car is also important. Be careful of wet floor mats or wet soles on shoes or boots, as this can cause a driver's feet to slip on pedals.
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News release from Goodyear