Road Safety

Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of your vehicle very briefly lose contact with the surface of the road because there is a layer of water between them.

If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, traction is lost completely because the tires will ride on a cushion of water. If this happens, stay calm. Ease off the gas pedal (step on the clutch in a manual transmission) and let the vehicle slow down on its own without braking, while you gently steer in the direction you want to go. Avoid sudden corrections.

As soon as the tires regain contact with the road surface, brake gently and resume driving at a slower speed.

To prevent hydroplaning, drive slower in wet conditions. If you are sliding on the road, you are driving too fast. You can also reduce your risk by driving in the tracks of other vehicles.

If your tires are excessively worn or underinflated or the water is very deep, your chances of hydroplaning are higher, even at slower speeds. So it helps to have good tires.

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