How You Can Drive Safely in the Rain and Avoid Hydroplaning

We get some pretty heavy downpours of rain in the spring and summer months. Because of this, you are at a higher risk of hydroplaning while driving down the road at a high speed. There are a number of factors that contribute to this situation, but there are luckily a number of things you can do to minimize the risk of hydroplaning. This includes:

  • Make sure that your vehicle's tires are in good shape. You want a decent amount of tire tread left on them.
  • If you see a large puddle of water coming up, you'll want to decrease your speed to about 35 miles per hour. Most hydroplaning occurs at higher speeds.
  • Make sure you get your tires routinely rotated and balanced.
  • Large accumulations of water tend to occur on the exterior lanes of a road. Stay to the middle.
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