Slippery when wet: What to do if your car hydroplanes

Even if it's only for a second or two, hydroplaning can feel frightening. Here are some tips and tricks on driving in drizzle:

"Hydroplaning" is a term used when car's tires fail to displace water and instead push water underneath the tread, separating the tire from the road, according to Safe Motorist . This results in loss of traction, which compromises steering and braking.

If your car begins to slide, the most important thing to do is remain calm, Martha Barksdale from How Stuff Works advises. Keep the vehicle pointed in the direction you want to go, being careful not to oversteer. Take your foot off the accelerator and let the car slow down, but don't slam on the brakes. Instead, if you must slow down quickly to avoid a collision, pump the brakes lightly or brake normally if you have anti-lock brakes. As soon as your tires have contact with the road, you should slow down.

Steer straight and slow down gradually - In order to avoid a skid, you should steer straight and slow down gradually if possible, according to Weather.com . Do not lock the wheels, which could cause the car to slide, or try to turn suddenly in case the car overcorrects.

Don't use cruise control Defensive Driving also cautions drivers not to engage cruise control in heavy rain.

Hydroplaning occurs most often in the first 10 minutes of light rain, Safe Motorist says, because the water will first mix with oil on the road to create even more slippery driving conditions. It recommends preventative measures like slowed driving speed, properly inflated and rotated tires, avoiding sharp turns and standing water and trying to drive in inner lanes and other cars' tracks when possible.

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