How to Avoid Hydroplaning: Staying in Control Behind the Wheel

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With warmer weather on the way, that means melting snow is going to leave drivers with some road hazards, including standing water. Although at slow speeds water isn’t very dangerous, if you are going fast enough, hydroplaning can occur. That’s why we’ve put together a post on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Safe Motorist, hydroplaning occurs when a sheet or layer of water come between your tires and the road. When there is more water than your tire can scatter, you begin sliding and losing control. The most dangerous time for hydroplaning is the first ten minutes water comes in contact with the road. That means after a light shower or early in the morning (when snowmelt occurs), you might need to take extra precaution.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? First, keep your tires maintained and properly inflated. Tires have special groves designed to divert water – keeping them in optimal condition increases the likelihood that they will function properly. Look for uneven wear, bald spots, and don’t forget to rotate tires regularly.

You should also just slow down when the roads are wet. Stay away from puddles, and use the middle lanes. Try to drive in tire tracks left by cars in front of you, and don’t use cruise control if it is wet. Also, avoid making sharp turns and slamming on the brakes, both of which increase the likelihood of hydroplaning.

Stay safe and enjoy Spring with these helpful tips!

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