What To Do If Your Car Aquaplanes

Posted on October 19th, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In Ireland, we expect rain at almost anytime of the year however, during the Winter months, precipitation is more common and is often much heavier. This heavy rainfall makes driving conditions more dangerous, so it is important for drivers to be aware of the dangers it brings.

Aquaplaning or Hydroplaning is one of the most common causes of accident during the winter. It is a terrifying experience for any driver so it is important to be aware of the danger and know how to avoid it. With this in mind, we decided to write this post to tell you everything you need to know about aquaplaning.

We will first explain what aquaplaning is, outline how to avoid it and finally give you tips on what to do to ensure you and your passengers are safe should your vehicle start to aquaplane.

What Is Aquaplaning?

Aquaplaning happens when a vehicle’s tyres begin to ride on top of standing water instead of the surface of the road. The excess water on the road causes your vehicle’s tyres to lose traction by lifting off of the road surface. This can make it very difficult to control your car and can be a terrifying experience for any driver.

How Can I Avoid Aquaplaning?

With such large volumes of rainfall during Winter, it can be difficult to avoid aquaplaning. Being aware of the danger will reduce your risk however, we also recommend the following tips to avoid aquaplaning.

1. Check your tyres! They are the only point of contact between you and the road and are critical for your safety. Make sure they are in good condition and keep them inflated to the recommended PSI.

2. Avoid using cruise control in wet conditions. If you begin aquaplaning while driving with the cruise control on, it will take additional time for you to disable the function before beginning to regain control of your vehicle.

3. Slow Down! Aquaplaning is most likely to occur at speeds greater than fifty-five kilometers per hour. Reducing your speed will significantly reduce the risk of aquaplaning.

4. Read the road ahead and avoid driving into large puddles of water at speed.

What Should I Do If My Vehicle Aquaplanes?

Unfortunately, sometimes aquaplaning occurs no matter what precautions the driver has taken. If your vehicle begins aquaplaning, there are a number of steps to take to regain control.

1. Do not brake harshly. Your natural instinct will be to panic and brake but this can make matters worse so stay calm and avoid braking.

2. Ease your foot off the accelerator slowly.

3. Maintain a solid grip on the steering wheel.

4. Do not make any sharp turns.

If you follow these steps, you will be through the water safely in no time. The main thing to do is stay calm. In this situation, your natural instincts can make matters worse so focus on the road and only make slow controlled movements.

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