Driving in the rain can be stressful for many drivers. Rain can cause decreased visibility and control while out on the road. Loss of control can happen when a car hydroplanes and it can be very dangerous for drivers. Knowing when hydroplaning can occur and how to avoid it can help you build confidence while driving in poor conditions.
Hydroplaning occurs when your car loses traction with the road, due to a wet surface. The result of this loss of traction is decreased steering, braking and overall control of your vehicle. However, knowing the right things to do can save yourself and others from an accident.
1) Make sure your tires are properly maintained: This includes checking the tire pressure, inflation and traction.
2) Slow down: high speeds can cause drivers to lose control more easily. Slowing down can increase tire traction. In addition, hard braking can cause you to lose control.
3) Avoid standing water: water can accumulate in outer lanes, so drive towards the inside lanes to avoid this danger.
4) Follow the car in front of you: You should try to stick to the tire tracks ahead of you. The driver has already pushed much of the water out of the way.
Although these are intended to help avoid hydroplaning, it can still happen. If you do begin to hydroplane, make sure you stay calm. Do not hit your breaks or attempt to overturn your steering wheel. Ease off the accelerator and aim towards an open spot on the road. We hope that these tips will help you remain confident and calm while driving in the rain.