With an increase in melting snow and rain in the forecast, hydroplaning will become more prevalent on our roadways over the next few weeks. The RCMP’s Halifax Metro Traffic Services Section would like to share some helpful tips to help prevent collisions caused by hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water then it can disperse. Water pressure in front of the wheel pushes water under the tire which separates the tire from the road surface. The separation is caused by a film of water which results in a loss of traction. This, in turn, causes a loss of steering, braking and power control.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, remain calm. Do not brake or turn your wheel suddenly as this may cause your vehicle to skid. Simply don’t steer in any direction and slowly ease your foot off the gas. You should be able to gain control of the vehicle and exit the road way should you need too.
Tips to avoid hydroplaning:
– Keep your tires properly inflated.
– Rotate and replace tires when needed.
– Slow down when roads are wet.
– Try to avoid puddles or standing water on the roads.
– Try to drive in the tire tracks left in the water on the road from the vehicle in front of you.
– Do not use cruise control.
– Avoid hard braking.
– Avoid sharp and quick turns.