Speeding through standing water can cause your car to hydroplane. The experience can certainly be frightening as you feel yourself losing control of the vehicle, but there are some tips that can help you safely recover, according to WOGX.
Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicles actually starts to ride on the water rather than the road. This causes the driver to lose control and potentially spin out of control.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, it is important not to hit the brakes. Instead slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and be sure to keep your hands on the wheel.
You can avoid hydroplaning by driving under 40 miles per hour in the rain and not driving with cruise control enabled.
Maintaining your tires can also help reduce the risk of hydroplaning or losing control on any slick surface. You can check your tires’ tread by sticking a penny between the tread and seeing if it slides down far enough to hide the president’s head. If you can see the head, you need to replace the tires. You also need to make sure you regularly check your tire’s pressure because over-inflation and under-inflation can each cause problems.
The most important advice is to slow down when you see water, so always pay attention to the road ahead.