5 tips to avoid hydroplaning

On Behalf of | May 26, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Safety

Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle’s tires roll on top of a layer of water. The cause of this is often because the tires on a car can have difficulty channeling water through the tread to keep in contact with the road.

As the tires roll on top of the water, a driver may have less control of their vehicle. It can be harder to stop a vehicle when hydroplaning occurs. A driver may skid across the road and crash into another vehicle.

Hydroplaning is often preventable. Here’s how you can do that:

1. Slow your speed

By slowing down, you can allow more water to flow through the tread on your tires. You may have more control over your vehicle and prevent an accident from occurring.

2. Invest in high-quality tires

If you want more control over your vehicle when it rains, then you may need to consider investing in high-quality tires and replacing them regularly. High-quality tires will have better tread and that means more grip on the road and more room for water to flow under your tire.

3. Avoid a bald tire

You should also avoid bald tires. What are bald tires? Tires with little to no tread are considered bald and don’t have the same traction as high-quality tires.

4. Turn off the cruise control

It’s easy to fall into a pattern of using cruise control whenever you get the chance. This useful feature could be used against you when it rains. You may take additional time to disengage cruise control before you can prevent an accident if you’re hydroplaning.

5. Avoid standing water

If you see any pools of water on the road, then you should consider avoiding them at all costs.

If you’re in an accident because another vehicle was hydroplaning and the driver couldn’t stop, then you may need to learn what legal option you have when seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.

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