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Here's how to avoid hydroplaning on slippery roads

Posted at 6:20 AM, May 14, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — We want to help you stay out of danger while driving in wet and slippery conditions after a hydroplaning vehicle injured a Florida state trooper on Interstate 95 Monday in Boynton Beach.

Below are a few tips on how you can avoid hydroplaning:

1. Slow down when it’s raining. Because the faster you’re going the harder it is for your car to maintain traction with the road.

2. Avoid driving through puddles or standing water. Try to stay in the middle of your lane because that’s where you’ll see less standing water.

3. Turn your cruise control off. If you need to slow down, your foot is already on the brake. This will make it easier for you to slow down sooner.

If you start to hydroplane, staying calm is the most important step.

But also make sure you wait for the skidding to stop, which should only last a few seconds.

Secondly, ease your foot off the gas instead of slamming on your brakes or yanking your steering wheel because that’s going to make you spin more out of control.

Lastly, steer into the skid by keeping your hands on the wheel and carefully pointing your car in the right direction slowly.