It seems that every time there is any amount of rain coming down, everyone on the highway slows down to a turtles pace. It’s annoying, it can ruin your day and sometimes it’s for good reason.
Hydroplaning is no joke and sometimes when it starts, there’s nothing you can do about it. Hydroplaning is when your car’s tires encounter more water than they can push away. The tires begin to ride on top of the water instead of the pavement, and you are no longer in control. Imagine skipping a flat rock on a body of water.
Most modern tires do a great job of channeling water and making sure there is always direct contact with the road. If tires are worn out, the driver is traveling too fast or there is heavy rain fall, hydroplaning can become a big problem.
In this video posted by YouTube channel RoadCams we see the result of high speed driving in heavy rain fall. The driver of a Ford Mondeo is traveling faster than you should in these conditions and encounters a large puddle. This immediately puts the car in an uncontrollable spin that sends them crashing into the back of a semi-truck.
There is no mention of injuries in the video, but this was a serious accident that could have been avoided. Pay attention during rain storms to not only your speed, but the speed of those around you. You don’t have to be the one spinning out of control to be injured.