Hydroplaning is not an extreme sport
Posted by: Cal on 5/03/2013
You may have heard that when water collects on roads it increases the risk of hydroplaning.
Yet what exactly happens when tyres hydroplane? It's a good question and understanding how your car tyres behave in wet weather is critical in ensuring the safety of you and your vehicle.
What is hydroplaning?
Essentially, what happens when tyres hydroplane is that water gets between them and the road surface.
Because the vehicle's tyres are no longer in contact with the hard surface, they have nothing to grip onto.
As a result, the driver can no longer control them or the vehicle, resulting in an instant loss of control.
If hydroplaning happens at speed, the results can be serious, as the momentum of your vehicle takes over and can throw you into the path of other vehicles or stationary objects.
How can I prevent it?
The good news for drivers is that there are many ways you can reduce the likelihood of your vehicle hydroplaning.
Reducing your speed in wet weather and avoiding pools of water on the road will improve your chances of staying in control.
In addition, regular tyre safety checks to ensure tyres are fully inflated and in good condition are highly recommended.