Has your vehicle ever “walked” on water?

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Has your vehicle ever “walked” on water?

It was fun to use a Slip N Slide when you were a kid, but as an adult, the last thing you want your car to do on a wet road is slip OR slide. It’s called hydroplaning and it can easily cause a car accident.

Why does hydroplaning occur?

SafeMotorist.com says, “When light rain mixes with oil residue on the road surface, it creates slippery conditions that can cause vehicles, especially those traveling speeds in excess of 35 mph, to hydroplane.”

You may think your chances of hydroplaning increase the longer you are driving in rainy conditions, but the truth is, the first few minutes of light rain can be the most dangerous.

How can you protect yourself from hydroplaning? 

SafeMotorist.com suggests you:

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Slow down in inclement weather.
  • Avoid the outer part of the lane where water pools during a storm.
  • Do not slam your brakes.
  • Use caution when turning.
  • Never drive through standing water.
  • Do not engage cruise control.

If you are involved in an accident as a result of hydroplaning and your vehicle is damaged, Great Plains Auto Body can help you. Call to set up your estimate today, 402-334-7100. If you are not able to move your car, Great Plains’ towing service is available 24-hours a day, call 402-415-3811.