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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

The arrival of spring means melting snow banks, rain showers, and huge puddles on roadways.  Although the warm weather spring brings is more than welcomed by some, the bodies of water that appear on roads can be dangerous.
According to Weather.com, hydroplaning happens when “the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car’s weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes your car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tires.”
Here are some tips to learn more about hydroplaning:

  • Keep your tires properly maintained.  Proper inflation, good traction, and replacing worn tires can help you avoid hydroplaning.
  • Slow down when roads are wet and try to avoid puddles if possible.
  • Do not brake or turn suddenly if you are hydroplaning; doing so could cause your vehicle to skid.  Ease your foot off the gas until your speed slows and you are no longer hydroplaning. 
  • Always make sure your Wisconsin auto insurance policy is protecting you.  Nobody wants to be in an accident due to hydroplaning but these situations do occur.  The only way to best prepare yourself is by creating a customized Wisconsin auto insurance policy with us.  Contact us today to learn more!

-Sam

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