When road conditions are wet due to rainfall or flooding, the risks to motorists are numerous. Perhaps the most dangerous water-related risk facing drivers is referred to as hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is a state where a layer of water comes between the car’s tires and the road surface. As a result, the car floats on top of the water, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. While this is clearly a frightening situation to be in, there are fortunately many things that a driver can do to reduce the risk of an accident caused by hydroplaning.
Three Ways to Avoid a Hydroplaning Accident
- Make sure that your tires receive regular maintenance. This includes ensuring that your tires are regularly inflated according to the specifications given by the owner’s manual. It is also very important not to drive on tires that are bald or lacking tread, since hydroplaning is more likely the less tread that tires have.
- Drive more slowly than you would under more ideal weather conditions. Hydroplaning can occur even if you are going only 15 or 20 miles per hour. When you pass over a puddle going at a higher speed, such as 50 miles per hour, the chance that you will lose control over the vehicle increases significantly.
- Try to avoid driving through puddles. Even though it is still possible to hydroplane even without a puddle, you are much less likely to do so when you do not drive through standing water.
It is our hope that by following these tips, you will successfully avoid a hydroplaning accident—keeping yourself and your passengers safe from injury. For additional helpful tips, we encourage you to sign up for our free monthly newsletters today.