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Braking on wet roads

Learn how to break safely on wet roads with these useful details

Rain, puddles and surface water can all affect your tyres’ grip on the road and could result in aquaplaning. Find out how to adjust your braking when driving on wet roads.

Give yourself extra time

Because roads can be slippery when wet, you’ll need to allow extra time for stopping. We recommend you double your overall stopping distances and, if there’s any chance that the surface water has frozen, multiply your stopping distances by ten.

Wet braking test

From 80 km/h (50 mph) to a standstill

With 8 mm (0.3 in) of tread
Braking distance: 42,3 m (139 feet)
With 3 mm (0.12 in) of tread
Braking distance: 51,8 m (170 feet)
Collision speed: 34 km/h (21 mph)
With 1,6 mm (0.06 in) of tread
Braking distance: 60,9 m (200 feet)
Collision speed: 44 km/h (27 mph)

Check your tyres

Your tyre pressure and your tread depth can both affect your stopping distance in the wet. If your tyres are over or under inflated, they may wear unevenly, giving you less grip when you brake. Equally, a decrease in tyre tread depth means that it will be harder for the water to be displaced so aquaplaning could occur.

If you’re likely to drive in wet conditions a lot, you may want to consider fitting rain tyres. Their tread is designed to displace water quickly, so you maintain your grip on the road.

Learn how to aquaplane

Driving at a safe speed and distance from the car in front will certainly reduce your chances of an accident, but aquaplaning is a potential threat even at relatively slow speeds.

If your tyres begin to lose traction, take your foot off the accelerator and avoid the natural instinct to brake or steer. Instead, put your foot on the clutch, or change the transmission to neutral and allow the speed to decrease until you have full control again.

Our suggestions for an optimal performance on wet roads

By clicking on one of the tyres, you will be able to choose the dimensions that suit your vehicle.