In some weather, water or slush collects on the road.
When this happens, your vehicle can hydroplane. Itís like water
skiing: the tires lose their contact with
the road and have little or no traction. You may not be able
to steer or brake. You can regain control by releasing the accelerator
and pushing in the clutch. This will slow your vehicle and let the
wheels turn freely. If the vehicle is hydroplaning, do not use the
brakes to slow down. If the drive wheels start to skid, push in
the clutch to let them turn freely. It does not take a lot of water
to cause hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as
30 mph if there is a lot of water. Hydroplaning is more likely if
tire pressure is low or the tread is worn. (The grooves in a tire
carry away the water; if they arenít deep they donít work well).
Be especially careful driving through puddles. The water is often
deep enough to cause hydroplaning.
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