Tips to Prevent Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

Driving during huge rainstorms or on wet roads in general can present numerous challenges and potential risks, but few risks are greater than hydroplaning. Therefore, read on to learn how to avoid this extremely dangerous condition.

In simple terms, hydroplaning occurs when too much water builds up in front of your tires and thus causes them to glide on the water instead of remaining in contact with the road. Loss of control and braking both occurring in an instant to create hazardous conditions and a high likelihood of a crash.

Paying attention is the most important factor in preventing hydroplaning. If you notice deeper water on the road in front of you, it’s best to gradually slow your speed until you’re driving at least 5-10 mph under the limit. Accelerating too quickly greatly increases the risk of hydroplaning, which means it’s best not to attempt to pass or otherwise speed up too rapidly during heavy rains or on overly wet roads. You should also turn off your cruise control to further decrease the risk.

It is also important that your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread remaining. Bald tires also greatly increase your risk of hydroplaning. Therefore, if your tires are starting to look a bit bare, don’t hesitate to contact Valley Imports here in Fargo, ND to buy new tires for your vehicle.

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