Be Careful in Wet Weather: Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning
Whether you are in Denver or elsewhere in the country, the spring and summer months are often accompanied by plenty of rain and sudden thunderstorms. When a large amount of rain falls at one time, the amount of standing water on area roadways can lead to major accidents — some of which may be caused by hydroplaning vehicles.
Our Denver automobile accident lawyers are well aware of the toll auto accidents can take on an injured party’s entire household. That said, we want everyone to stay as safe as possible when traveling on wet roadways.
Things You Can Do to Avoid Hydroplaning
First and foremost, slow down. When it’s rainy and wet outside, it is important for drivers to take things slower than normal. Doing so helps the vehicle maintain better traction; whereas traveling at faster speeds could lead to the vehicle spinning out due to the driver losing control of the automobile.
Next, drivers are advised not to use cruise control in wet weather. Why? Cruise control can actually increase your chances of losing control of the automobile. Consider this: What if you come upon some standing water in the road and you need to lower your speed to prevent a loss of traction — which can easily be done by taking your foot off the pedal. However, if your using cruise control, that can’t be done with ease.
Another step that drivers can take to stay safe when driving in wet weather is to keep a safe distance from other automobiles on the road. This is crucial during a variety of weather events, but especially in wet weather since you will be less likely to hit another automobile if you find yourself losing control.
Drivers are also encouraged to avoid braking too hard on wet pavement. Doing so can cause your vehicle’s tires to slip. However, braking slowly can actually help drivers maintain traction. Additionally, drivers are encouraged to drive in the same area of roadway that has already been traveled on by other motorists. If you follow along another vehicle’s tracks, your chances of hydroplaning are lowered considerably, as there will likely be less water in such highly-traveled areas.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, the most important thing for a driver to do is stay as calm as possible. Remaining calm will help you make better decisions and react to the situation in a more thoughtful manner. Always remember: If your vehicle begins to skid, keep looking towards the direction you want to go and steer the vehicle in that direction.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident stemming from a hydroplaning situation or any other type of incident, contact Levine Law as soon as possible after the accident, as time is of the essence. Let us help you obtain the just compensation to which you may be entitled.