How to Avoid Hydroplaning
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” which means slick roads and an increased risk of hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of your vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs. The risk of hydroplaning is highest when the rain has just started to fall because light rain can mix with oily residue on the road, making the surface slick.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid hydroplaning and keep you safe on the roads during the spring.
- Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated
- Take corners slowly and brake gradually when roads are wet and slick
- Avoid driving through puddles
- Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Avoid sudden stops. If you’re coming to a red light or stop sign, slow down gradually by pumping your brakes. If you know a sharp curve is coming, slow down well in advance
- Do not use cruise control when roads are slick
- If you have manual transmission, stay in the lower gears
- If you do skid do not hit the brakes and instead take your foot off the gas and turn your steering wheel in the same direction the rear of your vehicle is drifting – this will help you regain control quickly and safely.