TAKE CARE IN THE WET
We all know we should slow down and increase following distances when it rains. Nevertheless, many motorists choose to tailgate and speed when roads are wet. Continental, in an attempt to drive the message home, has conducted brake testing in wet and dry conditions on a modern vehicle tted with ABS and the latest new tyres from the rm. Similar to CAR’S road test programme, Continental assessed how quickly the car could stop from 100 km/h. The 36-metre distance in the dry ties up with our best results. The wet result, however, showed the distance increase by 12 metres to 48 owing to the lower friction coefficient on wet tar and some aquaplaning. Shockingly, the car was still travelling at 50 km/h at the 36-metre mark.