If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, what should you do?

I was driving in the rain the other day and hydroplaned pretty badly. Now I’m scared to drive in the rain—which is a problem since I live in the Seattle area. What I can do if this happens again?

Macy Fouse · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Hydroplaning is such a scary experience! Hydroplaning happens when water separates your tires from the road, causing a loss of traction and leading to skidding or sliding on the road. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, you should release the gas pedal and never try to brake. Try to find an open space and slowly drive toward it, slightly pressing on the gas and steering gently.
Hydroplaning is a possibility anytime the road is wet, but there are a few things that increase your risk of it, including:
  • Driving too fast
  • Driving in standing water or puddles
  • Using cruise control in wet conditions
  • Braking abruptly
  • Making sharp movements
Hydroplaning can happen at any time to anyone and cause serious accidents. You may be able to lower your risk of hydroplaning, but you can’t always avoid it. That’s why it’s important to have a good
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