What Is Hydroplaning? Introduction
Picture it: You’re driving along the highway in a rain storm, you hit a puddle and suddenly the steering goes light, the car feels unresponsive to your inputs, and when you try to brake the car doesn’t slow. You my friend, are in the midst of a classic hydroplaning situation, and what you do next will determine whether you continue driving along on your way, wind up prey for a tow truck operator (at best), or become involved in a fatal collision (at worst).
Put simply, hydroplaning is what happens when water gets forced beneath the tires of your car and separates them from the road surface. When that happens, instead of enjoying the high co-efficient of friction your tires prefer, they are robbed of grip and go literally surfing across the water. With no traction, the tires do not perform their intended function of connecting your car to the road and consequently, a loss of control situation occurs.
So, how do you prevent hydroplaning?