How to Avoid Hydroplaning

September 20th, 2022 by

Now that fall is here, it’s important to get ready for the bad weather on the way. And while we probably won’t have to worry too much about snow for a while, things will start getting a lot wetter. This is why Serra Subaru Champaign offers these tips to help avoid something that can happen when driving in the rain: hydroplaning.

What Is Hydroplaning? 

Hydroplaning happens when your tires lose their grip on the pavement and basically start traveling on the water sitting on the road. Any time there’s standing water, there is the risk of hydroplaning. Fortunately, you can help prevent this from happening by doing the following.

Slowing Down 

When you notice water on the road, you should immediately reduce your speed. Even just dropping five miles per hour can make a big difference.  

Not Tailgating 

Tailgating even when things are dry is risky, and it’s especially dangerous in wet conditions. This is why you should allow even more room between you and the car in front than you usually do.  

Avoiding Puddles 

If you see standing water on the road, you should do your best to steer clear of it safely.  

Keeping Your Tires in Good Condition 

To ensure that your tires give you the best traction, they have to be in great shape. This means that the treads need to be deep. If they are getting shallow, you should strongly consider replacing them. It’s also essential that your tires are inflated to the proper levels.  

If you’d like to have your tires evaluated before the rainy season arrives, the service center at Serra Subaru Champaign will gladly take a look at them. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.   

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