Hydroplaning can be a scary thing, even though it’s surprisingly easy to pull out of a skid in the rain. Still, it’s best to prevent hydroplaning altogether and avoid the panic that can result from the loss of control of your vehicle. But, the question is, how can you do it? Here are some easy tips that will help you keep control of steering in the rainiest weather.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent many kinds of accidents and driving issues, and hydroplaning is no different. If you regularly have your tires balanced and rotated, and you check your tire pressure and add air when necessary, you’re less likely to hydroplane. Also, the higher quality your tires are, the better they perform on wet roads. So taking proper care of your tires will help you in many cases, including hydroplaning.
When you’re driving in the rain, just go slower. Hydroplaning is most likely to occur at speeds above 35 miles per hour. Driving five or ten miles below the speed limit is a good idea when it’s raining anyway because it will help you to stop more easily, so drop your speed and avoid highways and high speed limit roads. And if you see a puddle, try to drive around it—the deeper the water, the easier it is for your wheels to lift off the road.
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Goodbye winter; spring is finally here! With all the flowers and prelude to summer, the rainy weather also rears its ugly head. Driving in the rain comes with its own dangers. Skidding, sliding, and visibility are just a few things the rain effects. Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we’ve got both the vehicles and the tips to get you where you need to go safely.
- Don’t use Cruise Control. In dry weather, cruise control is one of the best features of a vehicle. In wet weather, it can be a nightmare. While a driver can take their foot off the gas to regain traction, cruise control can’t.
- Don’t slam on your brakes. Slamming on your brakes can cause you to skid. If you’re already skidding, hitting the brakes can make your vehicle harder to control than it already is. Instead, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.
- Avoid moving water. Sure, splashing pedestrians who are surely already wet can be fun but it could cost you your vehicle. Moving water, especially water you can’t see the ground through, can sweep you right off the road.
- Turn on your headlights. Headlights can make all the difference to other drivers. Even if you have automatic, daytime running lights, turn them on anyway. They’ll help the driver behind you.
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