Hydroplaning: Everything You Need To Know

Posted on : June 20, 2017

Rainstorms bring a lot of dangers to drivers on the road. Not only does the rain limit your visibility, but also increases your chances of hydroplaning. It is important to learn why this occurs and what you can do to avoid it. 

Why Does It Occur?

Hydroplaning occurs when there is a lack of grip between your vehicle’s tires and the road. You will experience hydroplaning when your tires have an excessive amount of water on them that they slide. 

Hydroplaning is more likely to occur when you are driving at a fast speed on wet roads. When you are driving less than 45 miles per hour, your chances of hydroplaning are less likely. Driving at a speed higher than 45 miles per hour, increase your chances of causing an accident.

If your car has little tread left on its tires, hydroplaning may occur more easily. Your vehicle needs to have a good amount of tread to be able to grip the road in wet weather.

What Happens?

When you are driving fast on wet roads, your vehicle will slide or skid, which will limit your control of your vehicle. When you don’t have control of the direction your vehicle is heading, your car can hit other vehicles, objects, or may even flip

If you do experience hydroplaning, it is best to remove your foot off the gas pedal immediately and remain calm till your car stops sliding. 

How To Avoid It?

There a few measures you can take to stop hydroplaning from occurring.

  1. Avoid Speeding

  2. Check and Replace Tires Regularly 

  3. Avoid Driving in Puddles

  4. Do Not Use Cruise Control

  5. Rotate Your Tires

  6. Check Your Tire’s Air Pressure

  7. Stay Alert and Drive Safely 

Hydroplaning is a very scary experience that can result in a serious vehicle accident. Make sure to follow these precautions to keep yourself safe and protect other drivers on the road. 

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