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What should you do if your car starts hyrdroplaning?

When you have to commute to work each day in California, you do not have the option of bypassing your drive if the weather is bad. Rather, you have to plan ahead to deal with a longer commute to account for the conditions. Some of the risks that you may face when driving in bad weather include poor visibility, slippery road surfaces and hydroplaning. 

If you have ever experienced the sudden panic that comes from momentarily losing control of your vehicle, you will be the first to acknowledge how terrifying those seconds are. Hydroplaning occurs when you drive too fast for the rainy conditions and your tires lose traction with the road because of excessive moisture on the surface of the roadway. As such, it is critical that you slow down and drive extra cautiously if you have to commute in the rain. 

According to Les Schwab, contrary to how you may want to react when you are losing control of your vehicle, if you begin hydroplaning, you should immediately take your foot off of the gas. Do not apply the brakes and do not try to steer your car in either direction. Wait out the skid and you should eventually regain traction and be able to regain control. If you were already braking when you began to lose control, the same rule applies. Release your brake and do not try to steer. 

A couple of important tips to remember to reduce your chances of hydroplaning include having good tires with tread that is not worn too thin. You should also avoid hitting large puddles of water on the roadway if you can. Keeping your focus and the position of your vehicle in line with the tracks made by the car in front of you can also help you to stay safer as you are continuing in a path where the water has already been dispersed. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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