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Do you understand the dangers of hydroplaning?

As a driver, you need to be fully prepared for anything you could face when you get behind the wheel. When the rain begins to fall, the way you approach the road should be much different. If you make a simple mistake, such as driving too fast, it could result in hydroplaning.

In short, hydroplaning is when your tires lose contact with the road as the result of moisture. When this happens, you may find it difficult to regain control of your vehicle. As a result, an accident could occur.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid hydroplaning. Here are some things to consider:

-- Slow down when the roads are wet.

-- Keep your tires inflated to the proper PSI.

-- Replace tires when they are worn out.

-- Do your best to avoid standing water and puddles.

-- Don't drive in outer lanes where there is a greater chance of water accumulating.

-- Avoid hard braking.

-- Turn off cruise control.

When you follow these tips, it is less likely that you will hydroplane. As a result, you will remain safe as you make your way down the road.

Understanding the dangers of hydroplaning is very important, as this will change your driving habits. However, there is something else to consider: Other drivers may not take the same approach.

It only takes one person driving recklessly on wet roads to cause an accident. This is why you need to keep your distance in the rain and always be aware of what is going on around you.

Source: SafeMotorist.com, "Hydroplaning Basics: Why it Occurs and How You Can Avoid it," accessed July 01, 2016

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