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Hydroplaning may occur when?


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October 14, 2012 3:01AM

Hydroplaning commonly occurs in wet or slippery conditions that a driver is not commonly prepared for. The most dangerous time for driving is 10 minutes after a light rain, and a car hydroplanes due commonly to speeds over 35 mph. The tred in the tire cannot scatter the wet surface of the road quick enough and causes the front tires to skate over a thin film of water, resulting in momentary loss of brakes, steering, and control. When you realize your vehicle is hydroplaning, especially if it's the first time this has happened to you, it can be really terrifying. However, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Panicking can result in deadly consequences for both you and the people you share the road with. Ease you foot off the accelerator and firmly hold the steering wheel, steering in the direction of the road. Drive slowly to prevent skidding, and rather than pressing the brakes, pump the brakes slowly. Ways to prevent hydroplaning are simple, such as driving slower in inclement weather conditions, rotating your tires and having the tread checked regularly, and making sure you drive carefully around curves in the road. If possible, follow "dry tracks". Dry tracks are made in rain or snow by the car in front of you as their tires leave behind tracks that are safer to travel on.