Dangers of Hydroplaning and How to Protect Yourself
Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of your car actually ride on top of the surface of water instead of on the surface of the road. While most drivers understand the risk during and soon after a heavy rain event, many are not aware that it can occur on roads that are even just slightly damp.
Hydroplaning can be terrifying, as it removes a driver’s ability to steer their vehicle. Though hydroplaning can make drivers feel helpless, there are preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a serious car accident while driving on wet roads. These measures include:
- Reducing Speed. Hydroplaning is more likely to occur at speeds that are greater than 35 miles per hour. It is recommended that drivers operate their vehicles at five to ten miles slower than the speed limit when it rains, and even slower when conditions are severe. Additionally, it is important for drivers to avoid accelerating suddenly, even if they believe that they are no longer in danger.
- Regularly and Properly Rotating and Balancing Tires. It is suggested that you have your tires rotated and balanced about every other time that you have your oil changed. This ends up being approximately every seven to ten thousand miles.
- Selecting High Quality Hydroplaning-Preventative Tires. If you live in an area where it rains frequently, it is suggested that you replace your tires frequently, as slick or bald tires can prove even more dangerous on wet roads.
- Avoiding Cruise Control. It is important to avoid using cruise control in the rain, because those who begin to hydroplane while utilizing cruise control will end up taking more time before you are able to regain control of your steering.
- Avoiding Puddles and Surface Water. Sometimes it is difficult to see where water has pooled, but if you should can see any roads with collected water, it is important to avoid them whenever possible. It is more probable that your vehicle will hydroplane when a roadway has visible standing water.
How to Recover from Hydroplaning
Though these measures can help drivers to prevent hydroplaning, sometimes there is absolutely nothing that can be done to avoid it. Should you find yourself hydroplaning despite taking the above measures, the next important thing to know is how to recover from it.
- Take your foot off the accelerator immediately.
- Slightly turn your steering wheel in the direction that the vehicle is hydroplaning.
- Wait to feel the tires reconnect with the surface of the road.
- If necessary, pull over and collect yourself.
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