How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Jeff Youngs | Aug 10, 2012
Hydroplaning occurs when your car's tires slip on a wet or icy surface. By taking the proper precautions listed below, you can reduce the probability of your car hydroplaning.

  • It is important to make sure that your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
  • Get into the habit of taking curves and corners slowly and braking gradually.
  • The danger of hydroplaning is highest when rain is just starting to fall because light rain can mix with oily residue on the road and make the surface slick. Therefore, it is important to drive extra carefully at the beginning of a rainstorm.
  • Avoid driving through puddles and try to drive in the tracks of the vehicle in front of you--but don't follow too closely. Allow a little extra distance between your vehicle and others.
  • Avoid sudden stops. If you're coming to a stop sign, slow down gradually by pumping your brakes. If a sharp curve is coming up, slow down well in advance of it.
  • Don't use cruise control when the roads are slick.
  • If you have a manual transmission, stay in the lower gears.
  • Even the best drivers will go into a skid sometimes. If this happens, resist the temptation to hit the brakes and instead take your foot off the gas and turn your steering wheel in the direction the rear of your vehicle is drifting. This will help to regain control and direct your vehicle in the right direction.

Explore new car previews
2020 BMW 7 Series Preview
2020 BMW 7 Series Preview
With BMW’s new X7 arriving to cap the company’s SUV lineup, the automaker is freshening its corresponding 7 Series flagship sedan for the 2020 model year.
Read the full review
2020 Toyota Supra Preview
2020 Toyota Supra Preview
Developed in partnership with BMW, the 2020 Toyota Supra is set to debuts in the summer of 2019. It is a cousin to the recently introduced third-generation BMW Z4.
Read the full review
2020 Mazda CX-30 Preview
2020 Mazda CX-30 Preview
Based on the redesigned Mazda 3 platform, the new 2020 Mazda CX-30 is larger and more sophisticated than a Mazda CX-3, but smaller and sportier than a Mazda CX-5.
Read the full review
Read all articles
New Car Preview
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Luxury SUVs
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Coupes and Convertibles
New Model Update
New for 2019: Cadillac
New Car Preview
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Preview
More related
Compare 0 of 3