Hydroplaning: What Is It and How Can You Prevent It

What is Hydroplaning?

Hydroplaning occurs when your tires lose contact with the road due to wet or rainy conditions, which causes skidding or sliding of your vehicle. This is due to the traction of your tires. When your vehicle loses traction, you can lose control of steering. This can be dangerous and frightening when you experience it.

Hydroplaning often occurs during rainfall and road conditions become slippery when rain mixes with the oil residue on the roads. Water prevents the tires from gaining traction, thus loses grip on the road. Typically, vehicles that travel too fast can find themselves hydroplaning.

The best way to ensure your safety, is to understand what hydroplaning is and how you can prevent it. However, in certain situations, you’ll be unable to avoid it, so we recommend learning how to properly recover from hydroplaning.

How to Prevent Hydroplaning:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Slow down when roads are wet
  • Avoid puddles
  • Drive in a lower gear
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes
  • Drive carefully
  • Do not use cruise control in the rain
  • Avoid quick acceleration

How to Recover from Hydroplaning:

Hydroplaning can be dangerous if don’t know how to recover. To protect yourself, here are a few things to know if you ever find yourself in this situation:

First, do not panic. Speed often increases your chances of hydroplaning, so remember to slow down. Secondly, do not abruptly slam on the brakes. Braking suddenly can lock your tires and cause you to spin out, it’s recommended to ease off your gas and allow the vehicle to slow down on its own. Abrupt acceleration can pull the vehicle straight, which is dangerous if your vehicle is pointed towards the edge of the roadway. Gently turn your steering wheel in the direction you want to head towards.

For information regarding tire information, contact any of our five Destination dealerships:

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4451 Still Creek Drive,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399
Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666
Destination Honda
4780 Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632

 

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