With the Northwest's rains here, make sure you read this article to learn what hydroplaning is and how to avoid it. Provided by Woodinville car accident lawyer.

Rainy weather increases your chance of hydroplaning.

Living the Pacific Northwest, drivers are used to driving in rainy weather.  With more rains expected this fall and winter, refer to the Texas Department of Insurance Safe Driving in the Rain brochure to learn more about what hydroplaning is and how to avoid it:

Hydroplaning:
When water in front of your tires build up quicker than the weight of the vehicle can push away, hydroplaning can occur.  The vehicle will rise up due to the water pressure and can slide on a layer of water created between your tires and the roadway.  The vehicle is out of contract with the roadway and is in danger of drifting or skidding out of the lane.

If you start to hydroplane:
-Do not brake or turn suddenly
-Slowly ease off the accelerator until you can feel traction again
-Turn your steering wheel the same direction in which you are skidding.  Gently straighten as you regain control.
-If you do not have anti-lock brakes and you need to slow down, gently pump your brake pedal with light touches.  If you do have anti-lock brakes, you can slowly brake normally.

What causes hydroplaning:
-Traction is considerably reduced it wet weather.  As you accelerate, you lose more and more traction.  In wet weather, you should always reduce your speed.
-Check your tire tread approximately every 2-3 months.  Shallow tire tread depth can make hydroplaning more likely, so maintain and replace your tires when necessary.
-The deeper the water, the more likely you are to hydroplane.  Although, it is still possible to hydroplane on thin layers of water.  Approach water on the roadway with extreme caution.

If you have been injured in a car accident or in any kind of traffic accident, call Woodinville car accident attorney Andrew KimThe Andrew Kim Law Firm is a Woodinville personal injury firm that specializes in Woodinville car accident claims and will work with insurance companies to get you a fair and reasonable settlement. For a free consultation, call us at (425) 289-1990, (253) 682-2000 or toll free at (800) 636-3676.

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