4 Steps to Handle Hydroplaning

Northwest Arkansas is expecting intense rain throughout the rest of the week. We've been seeing reports of flooding and roads being washed out across NWA. In order to help avoid some potentially dangerous situations Lewis Automotive has a few tips!

Hydroplaning is a frequent cause of vehicle accidents during rain and storms. A few things you can do:
  • Reduce speed. When you notice there is water cover on the road it is recommended to avoid the area completely! Sometimes we don't have that option, so reducing your speed is helpful to keeping you in control. Likewise, your visibility is likely influenced during heavy rain, you should remain aware that the speed limit signs are designed for ideal weather scenarios. 
  • No cruisin. Cruise control, during the rain, can make you lose control. Having to disengage that feature can cause a delay in your reaction. 
  • Turn on your headlights! It is an Arkansas State law that when visibility is less than 500ft that your headlights should be on and headlights are required when the windshield wipers are on. 
  • Speaking of windshield wipers. Be sure that yours are up to date! We have a variety of wipers in stock and offer free installation. Just call our parts manager, Deek Finn at 479-582-6216 so he can have your wiper blades ready and waiting.
If you do find yourself hydroplaning:
  1. Immediately take your foot off all pedals. Both accelerator and slamming on the brakes (which can be a natural reaction) can send you out of control. 
  2. Slightly steer your steering wheel in the direction you are sliding. It may seem contrary but this will assist in realigning your tires. 
  3. Wait until your tires have reached a dry surface before proceeding. 
  4. If you need to take a few moments to recollect, it is safer to do so than to continue driving in a stressed state of mind. 
Hydroplaning tips found at: http://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/how-to-prevent-recover-hydroplaning/

**Lewis Automotive is not responsible or liable for rain related accidents. 

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