Preventing your car from hydroplaning doesn't require a degree in rocket science! However, a little common sense and knowledge can go a long way in possibly helping you to prevent an accident.
1. Avoid going through puddles at excessive speeds. This can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. If the road surface is wet, it’s best to avoid making sharp turns.
2. Avoid using cruise control in rainy weather. You car can hydroplane if you have to hit the brakes suddenly to stop the vehicle. Slamming on your brakes on a wet or slick surface can also cause your vehicle to hydroplane.
3. It's recommended to engage your clutch, if you're driving a manual vehicle, and coast to a point where the hydroplaning stops. It's also advisable to grip the steering wheel firmly, and only turn the wheel when you can feel the road under your car again. Once on solid ground, cautiously test the brakes to make sure they aren't flooded.
Here are a few causes of hydroplaning:
- Deepness of a water pool
- Speed of a vehicle
- Weight of a vehicle
- Tire Width
- Depth of tire tread
Staying alert can be of tremendous help in any situation when you're out on the road driving.
Remember, safety always first!
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