A common effect for people driving in the rain is experiencing aquaplaning. With the wet and slippery roads, the phenomenon of aquaplaning can severely affect the way vehicles drive including the physics associated with aquaplaning. Especially as driving on the increasingly wet roads becomes more dangerous, you know how aquaplaning impacts the driving you can avoid severe catastrophes. In an effort to help you stay safer while traveling in the rain and on wet roads, we at Highway 30 Garage would like to stress the dynamics of aquaplaning and some tips to protect yourself.
Basics of Aquaplaning
When a layer of water limits the traction between your vehicle’s tires and the road’s surface causing a delay or inability for your vehicle’s response to your control successfully, it is known as aquaplaning or hydroplaning. When driving on balding tires or too fast, similar effects are produced. The weight of the vehicle causes the hydroplaning because your vehicle’s tires could not push aside the greater volume of water, though most vehicles are full capable of pushing a lot of water out of the way. Driving while hydroplaning can be hazardous since the traction is significantly limited.
Aquaplaning Safety Tips
1) Braking or speeding up should be refrained. Hydroplaning limits your vehicles traction, as we mentioned. You will only further lose control of the vehicle with sudden acceleration pr braking.
2) Stay as relaxed and calm as possible. When aquaplaning happens, it only occurs in intervals that last a few seconds, and during this brief episode, it is important to not panic or become overly stressed. When the mind and body are relaxed and calm, your reaction is improved. It is highly probable that you will spin out and lose control when you are you tense and suddenly brake. Keep relaxed and reactive to significantly avoid potential collision.
3) Ease off the accelerator carefully and slowly. By slowly easing off the accelerator, you let the vehicle slow down naturally, which is better, than slamming on the brake or accelerated, as we touched on earlier. This allows the water to get pushed away, as well as provide you with more control and to give the tires and opportunity to restore contact with the road and friction
Consider Investing in Tires Designed for Rain
When you live in an area that gets regular rain or going to drive through where the weather is likely going to rain. Be sure to invest in tires that have the proper tread pattern and depth level to make a big difference to assist our driving efforts in the rain. Experts recommend a tire tread depth of at least 3-4mm to effectively pushed aside. The directional designed tires with an asymmetric pattern with small blocks are optimal to provide the best resistance against aquaplaning for vehicles with very powerful engines.
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Crashes into other vehicles or stationary objects can occur, or even getting the vehicle stuck in a ditch or other unstable ground that can be impossible to get out of on your own when hydroplaning. No matter the circumstances, if you find your vehicle was in a crash, stuck in a ditch or unstable ground, or other circumstances, Highway 30 Garage has the equipment and expertise to rescue your vehicle. Call us today!