How to prevent hydroplaning

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

There is a high risk to you of being in a car accident in wet conditions. Hydroplaning, which causes you to lose control of your car as the car tires slide on a wet surface, is a common cause of auto accidents when the pavement is wet.

Here are ways for you to avoid hydroplaning in wet weather or on slick roadway surfaces.

Decrease speed

Hydroplaning tends to occur at high speeds, but it is also possible for you to experience it at low speeds. Your car tire’s ability to manage the volume of water on the road is a crucial factor in how fast you can drive in wet conditions without losing control.

To avoid hydroplaning, you can decrease your speed in line with your tire’s capabilities.

Consider car weight

Your vehicle’s weight affects how prone you are to hydroplane. If your car is small and light, you may have a greater risk of hydroplaning.

You can adjust your driving speed and style based on the size of the car to increase your control in wet weather.

Replace tires

The depth of the treads in your tires is a vital factor in your car’s ability to perform in wet conditions. Deeper tire treads tend to resist hydroplaning for you better than a tire with shallow treads.

Replacing worn tires can help prevent your car from hydroplaning on the road.

Ultimately, the more prepared you are for wet roads, the lower your chances tend to be of losing control of your car. If you can understand your car’s ability to resist hydroplaning and how to react appropriately in slick conditions, you can more readily decrease your chances of hydroplaning.