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Aquaplaning | Hydroplaning

A situation where a tyre loses its grip on a wet surface and “skates”, greatly reducing a driver’s control. Hydroplaning can occur when a combination of speed, tire wear, tire inflation or the depth of water on the pavement causes the tires to lose traction. The happens when a layer of water comes between the road and your car’s tires. This causes the car to lose traction.

Having good quality tyres can help reduce the chance of a skid while going under 50km/hr. However once you go over 50km/hr the chance of a possible traction loss is no longer dependent on the quality of your tyres (Offcourse there are tyres with higher thresholds). Tyre manufacturers are alwayas coming out with newer tyres to combat Hydorplaning

Hydroplaning prevention:

* Check your tyres and tyre inflation

* Reduce your speed in wet conditions

* Drive in the tracks of preceding vehicles

What todo in the event of a hydroplane:

* Go into neutral (on a standard transmission, depress the clutch)

* Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer where you want to go

* Do not brake or accelerate






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