November 10, 2014 2:10 am
Reduce speed - When roads are slick, stopping distances are longer than usual. In fact, stopping on a wet road can take up to four times longer than on a dry road. So, to keep yourself and your passengers safe, take your foot off the gas when the rain is coming down.
Keep a thick tire tread - Wear on a tire or poor drainage on the road will lead to an inability to move water out of the way fast enough, often causing a loss of control when steering. In fact, the primary function of tread on a tire is to divert water from beneath the tire to improve traction and avoid hydroplaning. Tires become unsafe when the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch. When tread is worn down, it can also make a tire more susceptible to a puncture caused by debris and road hazards.
Invest in a tire protection system - A tire is most reliable when it is properly pressurized and protected from punctures. One of the best ways to ensure this is through tire sealant. In addition to its ability to prevent flats by coating the inside of tires with a gel-like coating that's six times stronger than steel, the tire protection system helps to maintain tire pressure. The product lowers tire operating temperature, thereby helping tires to keep their set-point pressures by eliminating porosity air loss.
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