Learn how to avoid and deal with aquaplaning

Aquaplaning 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 and the road. At this point, your car can be completely out of contact with the road, and you may begin to skid or drift out of your lane, or even completely off the road. To help maintain contact with the road, keep your tires properly inflated, maintain good tread on your tires and replace them when necessary, slow down when roads are wet and stay away from puddles. Try to drive in the tire tracks left by the cars in front of you. If you find yourself losing traction, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. Ease your foot off the accelerator until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If your car has anti-lock braking system (ABS), then brake normally; the car’s computer will mimic a pumping action when necessary. If you do not have ABS, brake gently with light pumping actions.