What is Aquaplaning and How to Prevent or Reduce It

Have you heard of aquaplaning or hydroplaning before? If not, with the help of our services you will learn more about this phenomenon. Aquaplaning or hydroplaning is a situation when it is not possible to remove the water between the tire and the road surface. Water accumulates in front of the tires until the water pressure becomes greater than the tire pressure due to which tires lose contact with the road surface. This loss of grip causes the wheel to slip and it is very hard to control the reaction of the steering wheel, braking or acceleration. As a result, the vehicle begins to lose control or it starts slipping. And this is a potentially dangerous situation.

How to prevent or reduce aquaplaning

Regularly check tire pressure.

Low pressure increases the risk of aquaplaning. If the tire pressure is 30% less than the recommended value of pressure, there is a high risk of aquaplaning.

Check your tires

The greater the depth of the remaining tread the more water can be spread, which reduces the risk of aquaplaning.

 Reduce speed

Slow down the speed when you start approaching the water.

What causes aquaplaning?

Due to the presence of too much water your vehicle may lose contact with the road surface. A tire that is relatively quick in moving through such surface pushes water in front of you.

If this pressure becomes higher than the pressure of tires on the road surface, the tire can no longer repel water and it will be lifted from the surface. The deeper the water is and the bigger the vehicle speed is, the more intensive this phenomenon will be, which may eventually threaten the control of the driving process.

Number of grooves in relation to the quantity of water

Fortunately, most accidents related to aquaplaning can be avoided simply by adding grooves on the tread and the creation of a special contact surface with the ground. The deeper the water, the sooner the wheels will start to slip.

When there is deep water on the road, most tires cannot avoid aquaplaning. But we live in a modern world and you can have more chances of a safe journey by using quality tiers that have a traction control system. This system ensures optimum performance on wet surfaces. They are specially designed, rounded tiers that allows passage through the water and avoid aquaplaning, but without reducing the tire contact om surface. They may be a bit pricey compared to other normal tiers, but it is really worth it to invest in such tiers because it will pay off in the long run. If you are not sure where to find such tiers, talk to your car manufacturer and ask what is best for your car. But the most important thing is to drive safely and reduce speed when encountering roads with water. Be a safe and responsible driver.


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