Hydroplaning: Things you can do to avoid trouble

As a driver in the state of Tennessee, you know that rain can move into the area at pretty much any time of the year.

If you're behind the wheel when the rain begins to fall, you need to change your approach to improve your safety. This means many things, such as slowing down to avoid hydroplaning.

Simply put, hydroplaning comes into play when your tires take on more water than they can shed. This often results in a loss of steering and braking, thus increasing the likelihood of a crash.

In addition to driving slowly on wet roads, here are some other things you can do to avoid hydroplaning:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Do your best to avoid puddles
  • Don't drive in outer lanes of travel where water is more likely to accumulate
  • Don't brake hard
  • Don't use cruise control
  • Drive in a lower gear
  • Avoid quick and sharp turns

There is no guarantee that doing these things will help prevent hydroplaning, but each and every one of these tips can definitely help.

Although you realize the importance of following these tips to avoid hydroplaning, other drivers may not take the same level of caution. This increases the likelihood of a driver losing control.

If you are involved in an accident with another driver, move your vehicle to safety and call for help.

Also, take the time to review the circumstances surrounding the accident, as this will help you better understand what happened. It will also put you in position to potentially receive compensation from the negligent driver.

Source: SafeMotorist.com, "Hydroplaning Basics: Why it Occurs and How You Can Avoid it," accessed Aug. 14, 2017

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