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Summer rain.
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:42:08 PM »
Over the last 24 hours we have had the first significant rain here for months, and I was out driving in it this morning. The car felt particularly skittish, so much so that on my return, despite the rain, I checked my tyre pressures. The were all spot on. I know that roads are slippy after the first rain for a spell, but they felt exceptionally so today. Perhaps I have just got used to the grip of warm dry tarmac!


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Re: Summer rain.
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 02:04:30 PM »
That gives me bad memories of skating across wet newly laid tarmac on my motorbike  :o

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Re: Summer rain.
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 06:29:28 PM »
A long spell of dry weather results in accumulation of muck on the road surfaces which tends to be a bit greasy until washed off. I remember driving in a short dose of heavy rain in the middle of summer '76 when I was leaving the M5 south towards the Ross Spur (M50) round a 90 degree bend. The back end of my Austin A35 (prone to oversteer even on dry roads) showed a strong inclination to breakaway so I had to quickly ease off the power to keep it under control - must have been worse than usual to have stuck in my mind for so long!


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