Ways You Can Avoid Hydroplaning

One of the scariest situations you can find yourself in while driving is hydroplaning. It’s the phenomenon that occurs when there’s more water on the road than your vehicle can push through. The water comes between your tires and the pavement and prevents the tires from gaining traction. You briefly lose control of your vehicle while the water guides you. There are a few preventative measures you can take to avoid hydroplaning.

Performing routine maintenance on your tires at regular intervals between 3,000 and 5,000 miles will help ensure proper tire wear. When you make sure to have your tires appropriately inflated as well as balanced and rotated, you maintain tread at its optimal point. Your tires are the point of contact with the pavement, and you want to do what you can to secure traction.

Tire performance and speed affect your vehicle’s handling on wet pavement. If you’ve taken care of your tires, the next thing you can do to avoid hydroplaning is just slow down. When you’re in a downpour, reducing your speed by 5 to 10 mph is the safest way to arrive at your destination.

If you are in the Meridian area, come by New South Ford and speak with a member of our service team. We are here to assist you with questions about your vehicle.

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