Driving Safety Tips
On wet pavement, tires can actually lose contact with the road. This sudden
loss of control can send you into a "killing" skid. This phenomenon is known as "hydroplaning."
As your vehicle rolls along on wet pavement, a layer of water builds up ahead of the front tires. When the tire treads can no
longer disperse this water, the wheels are lifted up in much the same way water lifts a skier.
The danger of hydroplaning is always present on wet or slushy roads. You can drive along for miles on the verge of a skid
without being aware of it.
Hydroplaning occurs at virtually all speed ranges depending on road conditions. As you increase the speed of your car, the
chances of hydroplaning become greater. Speeds in excess of 50 mph on wet pavement are considered to be in the "extreme
Here are a few suggestions for wet weather driving:
REMEMBER—RAIN IS NOT ONLY A NUISANCE—
- Reduce your speed.
- Allow extra distance for stopping.
- Avoid deep water and puddles—they substantially increase the danger of hydroplaning.
- Replace badly worn tires.
IT IS A KILLER!
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