The first several minutes of a rainstorm is often considered to be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road due to the slippery conditions that the mixture of oil and rain creates. This slippery mixture can cause vehicles to hydroplane. Hydroplaning occurs when the vehicle’s tires are unable to scatter the water and oil mixture, and the tires separate from the road and slide across the wet surface instead. Hydroplaning tires have little or no traction, so the driver experiences a temporary loss of control. Hydroplaning results in a loss of braking, steering and power control.
The faster you are driving, the harder it will be for your tires to maintain traction with the road. Always try to drive slower during the first few minutes of rainfall, and avoid driving through any standing water. If your car does start to hydroplane, then the most important thing to do is to remain calm. Don’t panic and slam on the breaks because it may result in your tires locking up and increase the duration of your skid. Stay alert during the skid, and wait until you can regain control over the vehicle. Stop accelerating by easing off the gas pedal. Calmly steer in the direction you want your car to go without any sudden or sharp motions. If you must use your breaks to avoid a collision, then it’s best to pump on the break until your tires regain contact with the road.
Hydroplaning causes serious car accidents more often than most people think. The momentary loss of control often causes individuals to panic and make the situation worse. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, then you should call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Salter Ferguson today. At the Law Offices of Salter Ferguson we have extensive experience in investigating the causes of car accidents, and we will help you determine who or what was at fault. If we prove that someone else’s reckless driving caused the hydroplaning, then you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today via phone number 877-298-4878 to schedule a consultation.
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