What to Do When Your Car Hydroplanes
Wouldn’t you hate it if your vehicle randomly spins in the middle of the highway? When a vehicle hydroplanes, it happens in a split second and usually lasts for less than minute. It’s a terrifying experience but it happens—especially when there is heavy rain. With spring season coming soon, we are bound to see some showers. Just in case you have no idea what to do if your car decides to take you on Disney World’s teacup ride, here are some tips to stop your car from getting into an unwanted accident.
Stay calm and take your foot off the accelerator: NEVER use your brakes to stop your car from spinning. Since you lost traction from the water and your tires, pressing on the brakes will make you lose control.
GENTLY turn your wheels to the direction of the hydroplane: it’s weird, but it’s said that turning towards the direction of the spin will help align the tires and regain control.
Wait for the car to stop: It’s best to wait until you can feel your tires meet the surface. Don’t try to accelerate out of the situation as the skidding slows down. It’s a safer option to wait till your car stops to move on.
If need to, pull over to the side of the road and take a breather. Make sure there are no damages on your tires from skidding. Check to see if your tires have a good thread and enough tire pressure to prevent another car accident.