Four Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning Accidents
Losing control of your vehicle is a frightening experience, and it all too often results in a dangerous and costly accident. In inclement weather, or when standing water is present on the road, you may become susceptible to a phenomenon known as hydroplaning. This occurs when the water on the road prevents your tires from gaining any traction.
The treads on tires are designed to divert water out and away from the tires’ center, allowing them to keep their grip on the road despite the presence of water. When the tires’ ability to remove enough water is overcome, a layer of water can form between the tires and the road, completely eliminating the driver’s ability to steer, brake, or accelerate the vehicle.
Prevention of Hydroplaning
Serious accidents can result from a hydroplaning incident, so be sure to follow these simple guidelines to avoid this hazardous problem:
- Reduce your speed in inclement weather
- Make sure to maintain correct tire pressure
- Do not drive through large puddles at a high speed
- Make sure the tread on your tires is not over-worn
Checking the treads on your tires can be done by means of the “penny test.” If you place the top of a penny into the treads of a tire and none of Lincoln’s head is obscured, it is time to replace your tires.
While following the guidelines established here will help you stay safe on the road, there is little defense against the negligent actions of other drivers. If you have suffered in injury in a car accident caused by the irresponsible behavior of another motorist, call an experienced Racine auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.