The result is loss of steering, braking and power control”. Needless to say Hydroplaning is dangerous and if you don’t react properly could be fatal not only for yourself but others as well. Here are some tips on how to possibly avoid and deal with Hydroplaning:
1. Check your tire’s condition
Inspect your tires thread, make sure you’re not out on the rain driving with bald tires as the threads are supposed to help distribute the water around the tire for more traction. Don’t forget to also make sure your tire’s are properly inflated to the manufacturers recommended PSI.
2. Slow down and be alert
when roads are wet The faster you drive, the harder it is for your tires to scatter the water evenly. As much as possible, keep an eye out and stay away from puddles and standing water that may cause your tires to lose traction with the road surface, also avoid driving in outer lanes where water tends to accumulate.
3. Avoid hard braking and taking sudden sharp turns
This works hand in hand with tip #2, driving too fast may cause you to brake hard which could cause your tires to lock up and lose traction. Taking sudden sharp turns can also lead to a sudden loss of traction.
4. If it happens, keep calm
Its important to always keep calm on the road, because sometimes no matter what you do or how many precautions you take you could still fall victim to Hydroplaning. In case it happens steer into the slide to keep control, once you’ve regained some traction slowly counter steer but not too much to avoid fishtailing and spinning out of control.
5. If it spins, use both feet
If you are unable to prevent the spin the best thing to do is to steer into the slide and slam on both the brake and clutch pedal to try to bring the car to a full stop. Take note though, if the car is just about to lose traction (more of in a drifting state) stick to tip #4 try to regain traction through smooth and gentle corrections.
“The term hydroplaning is commonly used to refer to the skidding or sliding of a car tires across a wet surface. Hydroplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter. Water pressure in the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire, and the tire is then separated from the road surface by a thin film of water and loses traction.
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