Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid Hydroplaning
Perhaps one of the most dangerous driving situations for many drivers, hydroplaning can occur when you least expect it. That’s why we’ve put together a list on how to avoid hydroplaning.
According to Discovery, hydroplaning occurs when your tires slide across a wet surface. Essentially, the rubber encounters more water than it can scatter, and water pressure from the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire. This creates a layer, or plane, of water in which the driver loses steering, traction, braking, and, ultimately, handling.
Hydroplaning can occur whenever there is water on the road, but is most dangerous immediately after it rains, when pools of water can be found on the side of the road. The chances of an accident increase when traveling in excess of 35 mph and when weather conditions are poor, including fog, sleet, snow, and obviously rain.
How can you avoid hydroplaning? The best thing to do is reduce your speed when it’s wet outside. You should also avoid large puddles and standing water, and try to drive in the tracks left by cars in front of you. Other tips include: keeping tires properly inflated, avoiding outer lanes (where water accumulates), turning off cruise control, and avoiding hard braking.