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How to avoid aquaplaning

2 min read • Oct 24, 2018
wet-road

Aquaplaning can be scary, but by keeping calm it can be easily dealt with.

What is aquaplaning?

Aquaplaning, or hydroplaning, is the name given to the situation in which a layer of water gets trapped between your car’s tyres and the road, resulting in a loss of control. If you’re not careful, this can be very dangerous. However, by keeping calm and remembering this advice, you’ll be able to deal with it safely.

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Aquaplaning video transcript

  • Aquaplaning can be scary but by keeping calm it can be easily dealt with. But what is aquaplaning? Aquaplaning or hydroplaning is the name given to the situation in which a layer of water gets trapped between your car’s tyres and the road resulting in a loss of control.

  • If you’re not careful this can be very dangerous. However, by keeping calm and remembering this advice you’ll be able to deal with it safely

  • The best way to cope with aquaplaning is by trying to avoid it all together. If the roads are wet take extra care to drive cautiously especially so if you find yourself having to drive through a pool of water.

  • However, if you start aquaplaning you'll notice the steering will become light, it will feel like you have started to lose control of the vehicle. If this happens don't panic just keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and steadily ease off the accelerator.

  • Avoid breaking or steering since this may cause you to lose control of the car entirely. Once the tyres have regained traction you'll feel the steering return to normal and you'll be able to continue on as usual.

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