The Dangers of Hydro-planing

Over the July 4th Holiday, 2012 We lost one of our trucks!  Luckily Nobody was injured in this crash!   It was the result of hydro plaining in a severe thunderstorm!  the truck lost traction at approx 50 mph, spun several times before leaving the road and then proceded to enter the ditch where it took out a state hwy sign and broke down 3 large pine trees.   this all took place at 6 am.    It makes you think twice about how important it is to stress seat belts and driving safely in adverse conditions!   please talk to your kids about this,  family and friends.

here are some driving tips:

Skidding and Hydroplaning in Rainy Conditions

 

Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience.

 

Skids are scary but hydroplaning is completely nerve-wracking.

 

Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car’s weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes your car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tires.

 

Taking these simple tips into account can save your life.

 

    • You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Steer and brake with a light touch. When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.
    • If you do find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. You must be prepared to turn the steering wheel again and again until the front of the vehicle is traveling in a straight line. For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes. If your car has ABS, brake firmly as you steer into the skid.
    • Avoid hydroplaning by keeping your tires inflated correctly. Maintain good tire tread. Don’t put off replacing worn tires. Slow down when roads are wet, and stay away from puddles. Try to drive in the tire tracks left by the cars in front of you.
    • If you find yourself hydroplaning, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. Ease your foot off the gas until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping actions. If your car has anti-lock brakes, then brake normally. The car’s computer will automatically pump the brakes much more effectively than a person can do.
  • A defensive driver adjusts his or her speed to the wet road conditions in time to avoid having to use any of these measures.