Rain brings relief in extremely hot summers but it also brings a serious danger to motorist in the form of hydroplaning/aquaplaning. Wet and fast is a dangerous combination. The hydroplaning or aquaplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can dissipate which creates a thin layer of water between tires and the road/surface, resulting in lost traction. At higher speeds (50 mph and higher), where the water cannot be pushed out of the way fast enough, the tire starts to ride up on top of the water. When a vehicle hydroplanes, the driver has no control of the car’s direction. The tire can steer left or right, but without any actual contact with the road. If you brake during this state, the vehicle hydroplanes more. Hydroplaning can occur on any wet road surface, however, the first 10 minutes of a light rain can be the most dangerous.
We shared a video in which McLaren 650S hydroplanes and crashes on camera. Now this video below should be another lesson and reminder that one must be very careful while driving in the rain. A Porsche Cayman S was caught on dash cam losing control and hitting a bridge abutment resulting the beautiful Cayman going airborne like a toy. Looks like a scene from Grand Theft Auto video game. No news on the occupants but serious injuries can be predicted after looking at the nasty crash. After watching the video you can easily figure out how this happened.
Soon we will have a monsoon season and we all must be very careful while on roads especially highways and motorways. Driving in rain can be a fun and enjoyable but safety is always first. Have you ever experienced this dangerous phenomena while in driving seat? Share in comments section with us.
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