Hydroplaning Accidents

Hydroplaning occurs when the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car’s weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes the vehicle to rise and slide on a thin layer of water between the road and your tires.

Hydroplaning causes the driver to lose control of the steering, braking and power control, which can result in the vehicle drifting or pulling in one direction. In some cases, the hydroplaning vehicle can cause a collision.


How to Prevent a Hydroplaning Accident

Hydroplaning accidents can cause extensive property damage and severe injuries. Georgia motorists can avoid these dangerous accidents by following the tips below:

  • Always keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Rotate your tires and replace them when necessary.
  • Avoid puddles and standing water when you’re driving.
  • Slow down when driving in rainy weather.
  • Try not to drive in the outer lanes where water has a tendency to accumulate.
  • Try to drive in the tire tracks of the vehicle in front of you.
  • Never use cruise control when traveling on slick roads.
  • If possible, try not to make sudden or sharp turns.

Drivers that follow the tips above may be able to avoid hydroplaning in a rainstorm.


What to do if Your Vehicle Hydroplanes

Even when a driver operates their vehicle carefully in the rain, hydroplaning can still occur.  Motorists should follow these tips if their cars start to hydroplane:

  • Remain calm.
  • Ease your foot off of the gas and steer your vehicle straight ahead or in the direction of the road. You may have to turn the steering wheel again and again until the front of your vehicle is in a straight line.
  • Do not slam on your brakes this can cause the car to skid. If you have anti-lock brakes, then brake normally; the vehicle’s computer will mimic a pumping action if necessary.
  • Slowly decelerate your car until your tires regain contact with the road.

Knowing how to properly handle a hydroplaning car could help you escape a dangerous situation.