How to Prevent Hydroplaning

March 23rd, 2017 by

Here comes the rain again

Hydroplaning is a dangerous occurrence that can happen in an instant—and it can lead to disaster faster than you can blink. It’s important to be on the watch in a rainstorm and to learn how to prevent hydroplaning before it happens.

What Is Hydroplaning?

When water builds up in front of a vehicle’s tires faster than the weight of the automobile can push the water away, the water separates the tires from the road and hydroplaning occurs. When a car hydroplanes, it feels like the vehicle is gliding on the water—which means the vehicle has completely lost road traction. This is a dangerous condition and can lead to loss of steering and braking control.

How to Prevent Hydroplaning

It’s true that hydroplaning happens fast—but there are some things drivers can do to be prepared:

• Slow down: If you’re driving in stormy conditions, slow down and keep your eyes open for standing water on the roadway. If you see water on the road ahead, slow way down as you approach it to avoid hydroplaning.

• Tire choice: If you live in an area that has frequent rainfall, you may want to purchase tires that are designed to prevent hydroplaning. Additionally, inspect your tires regularly and have them replaced when the tread is wearing down. Bald tires can spell disaster on a wet road. Even if your tires aren’t wearing out, it’s a good idea to have them balanced and rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Get in the habit of having this done each time you have your oil changed.

• No cruise: If you’re driving in rainy conditions, it’s a good idea to turn off your cruise control. If your cruise control is on, it will take longer for you to regain control of your vehicle if it hits water.

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