Despite the advanced active and passive safety systems which come standard on every BMW model, learning how to avoid dangerous situations is also an important part of staying safe behind the wheel. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways on how to avoid hydroplaning.
According to SafeMotorist.com, hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle skids or slides across a wet surface, losing contact with the road. Basically, your tires are unable to disperse the water quickly enough, and the resulting pressure pushes a layer, or plane, under your wheels. The result is a loss of traction, handling, and even power.
How can you avoid it? The best tip is to drive slowly. Hydroplaning typically occurs at speeds exceeding 35 mph, so by slowing down when it’s wet, you can reduce your risk.
Another tip is to avoid puddles. Stay away from outside lanes when you’re on the highway, especially because water usually accumulates here. If you see standing water, keep your distance.
Last but not least, avoid using cruise control and excessive braking. Cruise control can limit your reaction time, so don’t use it when it’s raining or wet on the surface. Also, try not to slam on your brakes, as wet surfaces minimize traction and increase stopping distance.