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Serramonte Safety Tip: How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning can be one of the most frightening and dangerous happenings on the road, with the potential for causing a serious accident. In order to help keep our customers safe and informed, we’ve put together a few guidelines for drivers to follow should they ever find themselves out during a sudden downpour. Follow these tips to reduce your chances of hydroplaning when it’s raining outside.

Tip #1 Don’t speed. Drivers should always drive below the posted speed limit during even a mild rain storm. Rain obviously makes roads much more slick, which causes cars to lose the necessary friction that keeps them steady. Simply put, if you speed your chances of hydroplaning increase exponentially.

Tip #2 No sudden movements. Again, the slickness of roadways can increase your chances of hydroplaning if you make sudden or jerky movements with your car. The best way to avoid this is to maintain a proper speed and don’t whip around corners while driving in the rain.

Tip #3 Have your tires checked. If you haven’t had your tires rotated or new tires put on your car in a long while, it might be time to bring them to your local service center. Improperly inflated tires or tires with low tread can be even more dangerous on slick roadways with lots of standing water.

Tip #4 Drive in the middle lane. The middle lane tends to have the least amount of standing water, so if you have the option, always choose this part of the highway. If you don’t have a middle lane, then the left lane usually slopes slightly more than the right, leaving less standing water.

Tip #5 Follow the tire tracks of the car in front of you. The guy in front of you has already cleared a path for you, so just follow in his steps and you should be good to go.

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