ROAD safety chiefs have warned of the dangers of driving on wet roads after spells of dry weather.
They want drivers to take extra care, as road surfaces can become slippery.
During long periods of dry and hot weather, road surfaces become saturated with oil, diesel and worn tyre rubber.
When it rains the water brings everything to the surface of the road, creating a slippery film. This reduces tyre grip and greatly increases the risk of skidding, in particular when braking.
It particularly applies to motorcyclists.
David Short, Calderdale Council Road Safety Projects Manager, said: “During prolonged sunny dry periods, we get lulled into a false sense of security as to how much grip the road surface offers.
“After a sudden downpour, the road surface becomes very slippery and will remain so until all the oil, rubber and debris is washed away.”
“The remedy is simple. Slow down.”