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How to Stay Safe in your car in the Event of A Hydroplane

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Uploaded on May 10, 2011

I know we all try to be safe drivers, but there are times when the roads or weather conditions make it difficult for even the best drivers Here is how to prevent car crashes. For more info visit www.friendlychevy.com.

That's why it's always good to know what to do in advance of facing a dangerous situation.
So here's a question for you...do you know what to do if you start hydroplaning in your vehicle?

Although it ma seem like an extreme sport, hydroplaning happens when you are driving in wet conditions and your tires loose traction with the road surface causing you to slip and slide and feel a bit out of control.

An attentive driver can usually feel the point at which the vehicle begins to hydroplane. The car will move from side to side without any input from the steering wheel.

So, what do you do?


When you feel your vehicle start to hydroplane, the same techniques apply as if you had encountered a patch of ice.

The main rule being: Do not make any sudden changes in speed or direction, if you do, you could loose control completely.

So, don't panic. Your vehicle should continue in the direction it is moving even though it has temporarily lost its grip with the road.

The reason you are hydroplaning is because you are over driving your vehicles capabilities for the present conditions.

To regain control, slowly reduce the pressure on the accelerator, but don't remove your foot from it completely, but reduce the pressure just enough for the vehicle to slowly decelerate.

As you slow down, your tires will regain their grip on the road and your car will once again be under your guidance.

And of course always be sure you have good tires for the road with plenty of tread and get them rotated on a regular basis. (every six months?)

Be safe out there, and always be prepared for the unexpected.

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