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Driving on a wet road hides many dangers, such as a water slide. It needs special attention because the traction of the tires is significantly reduced, as a result of which you are in danger of losing control of your vehicle at any time and causing a serious car accident. Here are some helpful tips on how to deal with a water slide.
Logically, we have all experienced the dangers of driving on wet roads, which can often lead to a car accident.
The poor condition of Greek roads is not the only cause of the problems.
Human error is responsible for most traffic accidents.
It should be understood that when a car is moving on a wet road, driving balances
When the traction of the tires is very reduced
it is not at all difficult to completely lose control of the vehicle.
What are the risks of reducing tire traction while driving on wet roads?
Under no circumstances should the driver rest.
because it probably has new tires.
Even the special tires for driving on wet roads, which have a special engraving to ensure maximum drainage of water, in order to have a satisfactory percentage of contact between the tire and the road, have a certain limit, after which the water slide appears. .
A large percentage of experienced drivers have reported feeling lost control of their vehicle's steering wheel while the wheels have lost traction while driving on wet roads at speeds of more than 80 kilometers per hour.
This is due to the phenomenon of hydrolysis
(click here to see an explanatory video).
Simply put, when it rains on the wet road, a water film is formed that can reach up to 10 (Mm) millimeters thick, this is especially true on parts of the road network where the slope of the road is not suitable.
As a low-speed vehicle passes over this accumulated water film, the tire pushes the water into its grooves and expels it, thus maintaining contact with the road.
However, as the speed of a vehicle increases, the contact time of each point of the tire with the road decreases, making it impossible for water to escape from the road.
As a result, a layer of water is created in front of the tire, which no longer has the same contact with the road.
In addition, when the speed of the vehicle increases more, then the water layer passes under the point of contact so that the tire no longer slides on the water film.
Therefore it is no longer possible to control the vehicle and its direction, it is like an unmanned 'boat'.
The only way to restore lost vehicle traction is to reduce speed smoothly without panic or violent steering wheel movements.
When you realize that the tires have regained contact with the road, then you can drive harder or change direction in your vehicle.
It is noteworthy that if this phenomenon occurs when you are in the process of turning, then things become very difficult because the vehicle will either overturn or overturn almost irreversible situations.
Therefore, based on the above, before the appearance of this phenomenon, the movements while driving must be done with special care and calm.
Sudden changes in direction and acceleration or deceleration must be avoided in every way so that the driver has complete control of the car at all times.
It is very important for the driver to always keep in mind that the wet road 'hides' traps that can take various forms.
For example, they can be in the form of a puddle or the shape of oils on the road surface.
or even mud.
All of the above certainly requires readiness.
In addition to the hazard sign(K-12), an empirical indication that may precede the driver is the intense gloss of the road, which of course can be distinguished due to poor quality asphalt (road slipperiness) until a large amount of water is collected at a specific point.
The driver must be very restrained when moving on a road unknown to him and anticipate what might happen to him.
For example, if you haven't crossed a road again and you notice at some point that the road is very bright, you should expect that this glow may hide a puddle, which is probably so big,
to cause damage to the car.
Preventive measures to combat the phenomenon of water slide
while driving on wet road.
Checking the tread depth of the tire.
You should know that as long as the tread depth is within the limits set by the manufacturer then the tire can remove the water film from the grooves.
Regular tire pressure control.
The lower the tire pressure
the easier it is for the water slide to appear.
Driving on a wet road requires full concentration,
especially at night (cf. 5 Reasons why night driving is considered the weakest link), and always maintain the correct safety distance from the vehicles ahead (cf. What is the correct safety distance between 2 vehicles with numbers).
It is therefore very important to know that driving on wet roads always hides dangerous pitfalls that can lead to a serious car accident.