How to Handle Hydroplaning

You're driving in the rain and you see a huge puddle ahead on the freeway that can't be avoided. You hold on to the steering wheel tightly and drive over it - you feel a sudden lack of control, as if you can't steer your vehicle one way or another. This is called hydroplaning, which is when there is too much water between your vehicle's tires and the road, preventing the tires from properly gripping the ground. 

The tread in your vehicle's tires is what helps water pass through when you're driving during wet conditions. It allows your vehicle to still create traction with the road so you don't lose control. However, tires that are severly bald or low in tire pressure can prevent this process from happening, causing your tires to skid over water rather than push through it. 

Hydroplaning is always a scary occurance, especially when turning or changing lanes. Here are some ways to properly handle a hydroplaning situation: 

  • Stay calm and avoid pressing the gas or braking while driving over the water
  • If you need to brake, try a light pumping action with the brake pedal to initate pressure
  • Keep a tight lock on the steering wheel to avoid your car from veering too much to either side
  • Have your tires checked immediately after you experience hydroplaning - it can be a sign that you need new tires

The best way to prevent being in a hydroplaning situation is by taking good care of your vehicle's tires. For all of your vehicle's needs, bring your car into the experts here at Mission Auto Care today! 

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