Rain is a concern for thousands of drivers who have to face their daily journeys. We all know that extreme caution must be taken when driving under these conditions and that is why we collect. And if there is a feared phenomenon when rainfall is intense, that is aquaplaning. It is positioned as one of the main causes of accidents with rain and that’s why we explain what it is and how to avoid it.
What is aquaplaning?
Aquaplaning is a phenomenon that happens when a vehicle passes through a surface filled with water and the tires are not able to evacuate it. In this way, a water film is formed and the wheels lose contact with the asphalt, causing a significant loss of traction that can end in an accident. For those who have never suffered, a similar example may be to slide with an ice plate.
Keep in mind that if there is little water on the asphalt, the tires will be able to dislodge it and there will be no problems. We must be more attentive to those rafts that are formed on the road and that will be hardly managed by the tires. The speed will also be an important factor in the equation because the faster you go, the tires have less time to evacuate the water. Wider wheels are also more likely to suffer aquaplaning because of their greater contact surface.
Pay attention to your headlight
It is a little danger driving on a rainy day, the vehicle should drive slowly. Check the front headlight whether they are in good condition. Make sure light up the led bulb for fog light, do not turn on the high beam cause that would make oncoming traffic for the opposite drivers. Pay more attention to the front road.
How to avoid aquaplaning?
Therefore, the first two keys are to monitor the road and reduce the speed with rain, something basic and known by all. As prevention is better than cure, vehicle maintenance is important when avoiding aquaplaning. It is less likely to suffer if the tires are in perfect condition, with a drawing depth above 1.6 mm and with one.
In spite of having followed the indications, if the precipitations are intense, aquaplaning can be suffered. You have to be prepared in case it happens and try not to panic. The direction is the one that guides the wheels by the asphalt. Therefore it is necessary to hold the steering wheel firmly and avoid sharp turns, it is necessary to try to maintain a trajectory. That does not alter the conditions of the vehicle too much when it recovers traction.
Another mistake that can be serious and that must be avoided is to stop abruptly. Although the instinct invites you to use this pedal, it is not very convenient, you will not be able to stop the car. Because the wheels do not have traction and in case the grip returns, if the wheels are locked it could increase the skidding. Nor should we continue to accelerate, simply release it gently and let go so that the sliding ends as soon as possible.
If the water raft occupies a small area, the user will regain control without problems if he has not performed drastic maneuvers as we have said. If the aquaplaning is prolonged for many meters, the environment and inertia that the vehicle takes must take into account to try to anticipate the direction. In this case, with more reason, it is key to remain calm, follow the steps above and prepare for a possible collision if there is no escape.