When vehicles slide or skid across the water, it’s called hydroplaning. This occurs when your car’s tires come into contact with more water than they can scatter, or move away from the tire. As a result, the tires lose traction and slide on a thin layer of water.
If you find yourself hydroplaning in wet weather, remember to stay calm and resist the urge to slam on your brakes (unless you have anti-lock brakes), slowing as gradually as possible. However, there are some things you can do to keep this from happening at all. Let’s go over some tips for how to avoid hydroplaning.
Take Care of Your Tires
One of the best ways to prevent hydroplaning is to take care of your car’s tires. As a long-term practice, have them rotated and replaced when needed. Also, remember to keep them inflated properly. Know your tires’ optimal pressure and check them regularly.
The faster you drive when the road is wet, the easier it is for you to hydroplane. This is because driving faster makes it more difficult for your tires to scatter water. When roads are wet, it’s better to take a little extra time to reach your destination rather than risk hydroplaning.
Slowing down isn’t the only precaution you should take when driving in wet weather. You should also:
- Avoid braking hard
- Try not to make fast, sharp turns
- Drive in a lower gear
- Turn off cruise control
Taking the time to drive more cautiously during wet road conditions could prevent an accident and even save your life.
Steer Clear of Standing Water
Standing water in the road is the major source of hydroplaning. While hidden puddles can easily surprise you, staying away from any standing water dramatically reduces the risk of hydroplaning. Water tends to accumulate in outer lanes, so it’s best to avoid them when the road is wet. You can also drive in the tracks of the car in front of you to avoid standing water.
If you are unable to avoid any kind of standing water in your path, proceed with caution and gently slow down as much as possible before you reach it.
Despite protective measures, car accidents can still happen. If you are injured in a car wreck, call on the personal injury lawyers at Cesar Ornelas Law. Our car accident attorneys can help you navigate any legal proceedings following the accident.
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