One of the greatest dangerous of the spring season is often misunderstood: hydroplaning. This term refers to what happens when your vehicle loses traction with the road, usually due to a thin layer of water or ice.
Typically, the risk for hydroplaning is at its highest shortly after a storm begins, or right after it starts raining. While your tires are usually able to grip onto the road, they lose this ability and you lose control.
The best thing you can do to avoid hydroplaning is to slow down when it is raining. It’s also important to avoid puddles – and especially to avoid large bodies of standing water, which could cause your vehicle to float away entirely.
It’s also important to avoid using cruise control during a storm, as this automatic feature will not adjust depending on the frequency of the rain – like a driver would.
If it begins to rain: turn off your cruise control and slow down to prevent hydroplaning, and don’t forget to increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around it.
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