Hydroplaning is a common and scary experience for drivers of all ages. Whether it’s raining, pouring or just a little damp out, it’s a real possibility. Hydroplaning happens when your tires lose their traction with the road and begin to roll on water instead. It can be scary to feel like you’ve lost control of your vehicle, even if only for a moment. Learning what to do when you hydroplane will make you a better, more confident driver.
If you begin to hydroplane, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Do not overcorrect, and avoid the temptation to hit the brakes. Sudden braking may cause you to lose more control. Instead, ease off the accelerator gently until you feel you’ve regained control. If necessary, gently steer your vehicle towards an open space, or to the side of the road. If you’re shook up from the event, pull over for a few minutes to rest. But, be sure not to brake until you feel your car make contact with the road once more.
To decrease your chances of having to manage a hydroplaning vehicle, be sure to regularly check your tire pressure and treads. Bald tires are one of the biggest causes of hydroplaning. Proper tire maintenance makes for safer driving in wet conditions.