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How to Prevent


Hydroplaning occurs when water builds up in front of your tires faster than your car’s weight can push it away. When water gets between your tires and the road, your car feels like it’s gliding and you could lose control of both steering and braking. Hydroplaning can be scary and dangerous because it can happen in an instant. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared whenever there is a rain storm.

Reduce Speed Ahead

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If you start to notice a thick stream of water ahead on the road, gradually slow down as you approach. It is best to drive 5 to 10 miles slower than the speed limit, especially in heavy rain or windy conditions. Sudden increases in speed, such as those required to merge/pass someone, put you at a greater danger of hydroplaning. Try to avoid sudden accelerations during torrential downpours.

Choose High Quality Tires

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When purchasing tires, you will notice tire options that are designed to prevent hydroplaning. These types of tires are a good idea if you live in an area that experiences regular rainfall. Also, be sure to replace your tires regularly or if you notice they need to be replaced. Read our Tire Warning Signs article to learn more about this. Driving on bald tires can be dangerous on wet roads. Shop Tires.

Turn off Cruise Control

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Avoid using your cruise control function while it’s raining. Activating cruise control in the rain is equivalent to sacrificing control in a situation where you might need it. It will take additional time for you to regain control of your vehicle if you have cruise control activated.

Regularly Rotate and Balance your Tires

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We recommend your tires be rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, even if they don’t show signs of wear. An easy way to remember to rotate your tires is to do it whenever you change the oil in your car. Keeping your tires balanced will help prevent your car from hydroplaning on wet roads. If you prefer to rotate your tires on your own, check out our How to Rotate your Tires article.

Schedule an appointment if it’s time to get your tires rotated. If you think you need new tires, visit your local Pep Boys today or visit us online to check out our vast selection of tires.