5 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Hydroplaning

When the weather outside is frightful and there’s no way you can get out of driving, follow these guidelines to ensure that you and your passengers stay safe and sound. Even on the rainiest of days, you can greatly reduce your chance of hydroplaning with these easy tips.

  • Check your tires regularly to make sure they’re properly inflated. Under- and overinflated tires make it harder to gain traction, so check your tires to ensure they’re at the proper PSI.

  • Drive slower or at a lower gear, if applicable. Plus, don’t make sudden moves. That means no hard accelerating, braking or quick turning.

  • Don’t drive in outer lanes were bigger puddles of water tend to pool. Also, try to avoid driving over standing water in other areas, as well.

  • If you can, try to drive within the tire tracks that the car in front of you imprints in the water.

  • Do not use your cruise control. Even if your car has smart Adaptive Cruise Control, when it’s raining it’s best for you to be at one with the road.

In addition to these commonsense tips, make sure you get your tires replaced when they’re worn out. This is especially important over the rainy season.

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