Motor vehicle accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone. Hydroplaning is the malfunction of a vehicle on a wet road. Most of these accidents can be prevented if you keep your tires in good condition and follow safe driving techniques.
The causes of hydroplaning
Hydroplaning occurs when the driver loses control on roads that are covered in water. The water surrounds the tires, causing the vehicle to lose contact with the road surface and slide on thin, slippery layers of water. This creates a loss of steering and braking that is difficult or impossible to regain while driving.
Ways to avoid hydroplaning
A handful of motor vehicle accidents occur on roads that become slippery after heavy rainfall. Removing water from road surfaces is not necessary, but it’s possible to drive in ways that prevent hydroplaning in the first place.
Hydroplaning is more likely to occur on worn tires that are improperly inflated. Buoyant tires are better equipped to move through water without skidding. Drivers are encouraged to rotate the tires every 6,000 miles or have them replaced every six years.
Wet roads are likely to become slippery and make driving difficult. If it’s necessary to drive on these surfaces, remember to drive at slower speeds and avoid driving across puddles, which are often located on the farthest edges of lanes.
What to do after an accident
Driving on worn tires on wet, slippery roads is a major cause of many motor vehicle accidents. The best preventative measure is to maintain your vehicle at least once a year to prevent hydroplaning from occurring in the first place. If an accident occurs, know that you did everything that you could to minimize the damages.