Dec 27 2018

How to Handle Hydroplaning

Safe Driving Advice from Your Vancouver Collision & Autoglass Experts

At Kirmac Collision and Autoglass, we understand that in an ideal world, you would never need to our services. However, for the times the unthinkable happens and your car is in need of collision or auto glass repairs, Kirmac is here for you.

The best way to avoid collision repairs is to be knowledgeable of safe driving tips. With the seasons changing and wet weather more prevalent, road conditions can rapidly deteriorate. It’s important to know what to do in the event your vehicle begins hydroplaning.

What is Hydroplaning and What to Do

Hydroplaning — also called aquaplaning — occurs when tires lose traction on the road due to wet conditions. What you do is also going to be dependent on the type of vehicle you’re driving, such as whether the car is front or rear wheel drive and if it has an anti-lock braking system (ABS). not.

Don’t Panic

The first step, of course, is not panicking. It will be important to think clearly and quickly while hydroplaning. You will also want to avoid making any sudden reactions.

Do Not Brake or Accelerate Suddenly

Though it may be a knee-jerk reaction, it will be very important not to brake or accelerate suddenly. Braking suddenly could cause a spin-out, while accelerating suddenly could cause the car to leave the roadway should it be pointing in the wrong direction.

If your vehicle is rear wheel drive without ABS, look for a safe, open space on the road and gently steer in that direction while easing off the accelerator. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, with or without ABS, or rear wheel drive with ABS, gently stay on the accelerator while attempting to steer into a safe, empty spot on the roadway.

Ensure Cruise Control is Disengaged

If cruise control is engaged when it begins hydroplaning, it may mistake the vehicle as slowing down and attempt to accelerate harder, which will only cause further loss of traction.

Preventing Aquaplaning

One of the easiest ways to avoid an aquaplaning vehicle is to ensure your tires are in good condition. Over time, the tread on your tires can wear down, causing loss of traction on the roadway. It’s important to regularly check your tire tread to make sure it’s still in good driving condition.

Visit Your Vancouver Collision Repair Experts Today

Should the unfortunate occur and you require collision repair services, visit the team of collision repair experts at Kirmac Collision and Autoglass. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or drop in to one of our locations throughout the Vancouver, BC Lower Mainland.