Hydroplaning - The Hidden Danger

If you have ever been driving down a wet road in a hurry and had the sensation of sliding forward, even if you did not lose control, you were hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when your tires are floating on a thin surface of water, and they have lost their connection to the road. It has the same effect as driving on what is called "black ice," you lose control. The two main causes of hydroplaning are speed and tires. Worn tires do not grip the road, or channel off water and well as newer tires, and the faster you go, the more likely you are to hydroplane.

There are things you can do to maintain control:

  • Slow down. Getting there late is always better than not getting there at all.
  • Make sure your tires are rotated and replaced as needed. If you are not sure when or if, our McKay’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT service techs will be happy to help.
  • Maintain proper air pressure. On long trips at high speeds pressure tends to build. On cold winter mornings, pressure tends to drop.
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