3 Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning
Slick roads and inclement weather are hazards that require drivers to adjust their on-road behaviors. One of the deadliest risks a driver can face in wet weather is hydroplaning. Pools of standing water can be present whenever rainstorms overwhelm the drainage mechanisms of roads and highways, requiring more cautious driving on the part of motorists.
Tires are designed to quickly and safely funnel water on the road out from underneath the tire, but large puddles or sheets of water can render a tire unable to adequately displace water from a vehicle’s path. When this happens, a layer of water can form between the tire and the road, preventing friction and thus compromising a driver’s ability to control the vehicle.
How to Stay Safe
Hydroplaning is a known danger, and it is the responsibility of drivers to alter their driving behavior in manner appropriate for current road conditions. In order to lessen the likelihood of being involved in a hydroplaning incident, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Reduce speed in inclement weather.
- If possible, avoid puddles and pools of water in the road.
- Ensure that your tires are properly filled to the recommended PSI.
While following these tips will drastically reduce your own risk of causing an accident, there is no way for you to account for or prevent the negligence of other motorists and you may therefore be injured in a hydroplaning accident through no fault of your own. In this situation it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a hydroplaning car, you may be entitled to compensation for resulting medical expenses and other damages. Contact the experienced Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 to arrange for an initial consultation regarding your case.