One of the problems we can encounter during a rainy day on the road is aquaplaning, so we tell you how to act to avoid it
A few months ago it happened to me. I entered a roundabout during a rainy day and lost control of my car. I simply noticed how the back of my saloon was bent on advancing to the front and ended up turning around myself and facing the car towards the vehicles that came through the roundabout. Luckily, there was little traffic, the one who came behind saw what was happening and stopped before a misfortune occurred. My car was the victim of an aquaplaning and I could do little to avoid this situation.
This phenomenon can be suffered at any time, without having responsibility for it and can be disconcerting, dangerous and above all, unexpected. Still, you have to keep a cool head and act immediately to recover control of the car as soon as possible and avoid further damage due to this brief but scary incident.
Act in case of aquaplaning
The aquaplaning occurs when the tire can not evacuate the water under the same and therefore the rubber stop having contact with the asphalt. That is, literally, floats on it. This causes that it cannot maintain the control and it is let go by the light current that causes the water under him. There is no contact, so there is no traction and the car moves on its own without being able to maintain the trajectory it carried.
For that reason, the most important thing to avoid aquaplaning is to keep the tires in good condition. Above all, the drawing of the tires, which must be of adequate depth to ensure that the water under the wheels is drained with guarantees. It is also important to reduce the speed when it rains, to allow time for the wheel to eliminate water.
How to act when aquaplaning occurs
But, as I said, sometimes aquaplaning happens without more and you have to know how to act to minimize the problem. If aquaplaning occurs on the front wheels, avoid moving the direction. The car will continue with its straight path, so if the steering wheel is turned there may be a sharp change in trajectory when the grip is regained. Do not touch the brakes and release the accelerator is essential, although if there is a risk of having a blow, you have to brake, always seeking to reduce the danger to the maximum.
When aquaplaning occurs on the rear wheels, it is somewhat more complicated. The rear can cause oversteer, just as it happened to me and the loss of control is greater. It is important to turn the steering wheel to the same side where the oversteer occurs. It helps to regain control. If you turn to the opposite side, something that can be done by being carried away by instinct. The situation would get worse, so you have to act thinking about what we are doing.
Helping the vehicle to move in the same path that leads to aquaplaning, control is more easily recovered. The possibility of avoiding a blow already enters the order of luck. So you have to act to regain control and once this is done, act to avoid other problems.
The aquaplaning can occur at any time, so it’s important to know what to do and especially when they ride in the rain. You have to slow down and when in doubt about whether the tires are fit. You have to stop, check the pressure, the same and the depth of the drawing. If this is less than 1.6 mm, do not wait to change the tires. It is not for the fine we can meet, but for our safety.