Hydroplaning Vehicles

Hydroplaning Vehicles

HYDROPLANING VEHICLES

I’m Ed Smith, a Natomas Personal Injury Lawyer. This is the time of year when we see an increase in hydroplaning vehicles. Have you ever hydroplaned in your vehicle before? If you have you know how scary it can be and with the rainy season here it makes for  slippery roadways and hazardous driving conditions. Hydroplaning can happen at speeds as little as 35 miles per hour it is when your car has lost contact with the roadway and is treading on the top layer of water. You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator this might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still not in control then gently squeeze your breaks to slow the car down but keep in mind to apply your breaks easily, you do not want to break too quickly. Breaking too quickly may be the most common cause of hydroplaning vehicles.

HOW IT HAPPENS

If you have, you know how scary it can be and with the rainy season here it makes for  slippery roadways and hazardous driving conditions. Hydroplaning can happen at speeds as little as 35 miles per hour. It happens when your car has lost contact with the roadway and is treading on the top layer of water. You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator. T his might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still  are not in control then gently squeeze your brakes to slow the car down but keep in mind to apply your brakes  easily.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator this might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still not in control then gently squeeze your brakes  to slow the car down .

Hopefully that will transfer the weight to the front of the vehicle so you can gain back control. You shouldn’t try and turn the wheel when your car is in hydroplaning because once you do regain control your car could veer off the road. If you find yourself skidding do not turn into a skid regardless of what you might have heard .  You should, however,  look and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go. For more information on safe driving tips in the rain you can visit

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The rainy season in Natomas makes for  slippery roadways, hazardous driving conditions and hydroplaning vehicles.

I’m Ed Smith, a Natomas Personal Injury Lawyer with the primary accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com.If you or someone you love has been in an accident, call me now at 916-921-6400. If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call at 800-404-5400 for free, friendly advice. You can find out more about our office by looking either Yelp or on Avvo, the attorney rating site.

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