When your car starts floating … How to correctly react to hydroplaning

(dtd). The dangers posed by black ice in winter, are the same as the one’s resulting from hydroplaning in summer. Within seconds, the asphalt turns into a surface as smooth as glass and without any grip. If you do not react quickly and correctly, your are in severe danger. Following are the most important tips on how to safely overcome hydroplaning. 

Heavy rains are not the kind of weather one looks forward to anyway, especially not if you are driving. Not only does it dramatically impair your vision, it also turns the road surface into a malicious source of danger. If water does not run off the road, it forms a surface as smooth as glass that does not provide any grip for your tires’ thread. The vehicle starts to float and steering wheel get out of control. The danger of having an accident is extremely high. 

Although hydroplaning affects almost every tire, you should make sure that your tires’ thread depth is sufficient . The less thread depth, the greater the danger. A test conducted by Autobild magazine showed that the braking distance at a speed of 120 km/h increases from 65 meters with a thread depth of eight millimeters to 120 meters with a thread depth of only 1.2 millimeters. Those numbers speak for themselves. 

Driving with good tires is one of the most important safety measures. Additionally, you should reduce the speed when it rains heavily and drive in an anticipatory way. However, should you experience hydroplaning, the most important of all rules is to stay calm and keep the steering wheel straight. Additionally, you should not step on the brakes because that might cause a blockage of the wheels which increases the effect of hydroplaning. .

Immediately take the foot off the accelerator once you lose control of the car to avoid break-away and skidding. If you react carefully, you increase your chance to overcome hydroplaning without skidding off the road and get home safely.

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