Posted on Nov 14, 2022

Carabin & Shaw P.C.

Hydroplaning and Inclement Weather Driving Safety

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for San Antonio and the surrounding hill country for the extremely heavy rain we have recently experienced. This rain is expected to stay for the remainder of the week. Driving in the rain comes with many complications and unique dangers that can increase your risk of being in an accident. In this article, we’ll take a look at some safety tips for driving in the rain, as well as the causes of hydroplaning and how to avoid it.

Did you know?
An auto accident happens every 53 seconds in Texas. Ten percent of these crashes (roughly 60,000) are caused by inclement weather conditions. 85% of these crashes happened during rainfall.

Hydroplaning – What it is and how to avoid it

Hydroplaning occurs when water builds up in front of a vehicle’s tires faster than the vehicle’s weight can push it away. This phenomenon causes the car to float on a thin layer of water between the vehicle and the road. This is a very dangerous situation, as it significantly increases the chances of the car skidding or drifting out of its lane.
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