Do you know what to do if your car begins to hydroplane? Gainesville accident attorney, Jeffrey Meldon gives 5 ways to avoid losing control when rubber does not meet the road.
The best ways to avoid hydroplaning in wet conditions are to drive slowly and to keep your tires in good condition. The first 30 minutes after a rainstorm are the most dangerous with persistent wet conditions. If you find yourself in a heavy downpour or maneuvering pooled water, stay calm and remember these guidelines-they just might keep you in control.
- 1. Slow down. In a heavy downpour, experts recommend slowing to 30 mph. Remember a speed limit is just that-the maximum driving speed for optimum driving conditions. The likelihood of hydroplaning increases at higher speeds.
- 2. No immediate braking. To slow your car, take your foot off the accelerator, instead of slamming on the brakes. After regaining traction with the road, slowly brake to reduce speed.
- 3. Steer straight. Maneuver in a calm, predictable manner without turning or veering. If your tires “lock up,” wait until your tires regain contact with the road before maneuvering.
- 4. Follow the “tracks.” If possible and allowing adequate time for breaking, drive in the “tracks” left by the vehicle ahead of you. The car ahead wicks water from the roadway.
- 5. Avoid pooled water. Expect that water is pooled in the shoulder, pot holes, grooves, and other low lying areas. Pooled, deep water decreases tire contact with the road. If you must steer through pooled water, reduce speed before hitting the puddle.
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