Driving in the rain is sometimes necessary, but it’s also very dangerous. One of the primary risks of driving when the roads are slick is hydroplaning. There are many things that can contribute to this happening. Understanding those and learning how to prevent hydroplaning can help to keep everyone safe.
One thing that you have to remember is that other drivers might not have the skills or knowledge to prevent hydroplaning. This puts you at risk of being involved in a crash, even if you’re driving safely.
Preventing and responding to hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is caused by water breaking the connection between the tire and the surface of the road, which causes you to lose control of the vehicle. Slowing down and avoiding flooded streets are the best ways to prevent hydroplaning.
If you start to hydroplane, avoid the urge to slam on the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the gas and let it slow down naturally. You have to try to correct the spin by turning the steering wheel in the direction the car is going. The goal is to gently guide your vehicle while it stops. Once it comes to a complete stop, you can slowly begin to drive in the direction you should be going in.
If you’re involved in a crash that’s the result of another driver hydroplaning, you may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. Your case should include all the damages related to the wreck, including lost wages and medical bills. Looking at cases similar to yours could help you to determine what types and amounts of future damages you need to include.