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Tips for driving in rain, recovering from hydroplaning

By Ross Leonhart rleonhart@vaildaily.com

Heavy rains are a relief for fire efforts, but standing water on local roads present a driving hazard to valley residents.

The Colorado Department of Transportation offers a few safety tips to stay safe and avoid hydroplaning:

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Slow down
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions
  • Be aware of construction crews
  • Heed signs
  • Obey flaggers
  • Be patient and stay calm

Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day Friday, Aug. 3.

For more information, visit http://www.cdot.gov.

How to recover from hydroplaning

According to driving-tests.org, here’s some tips for how to recover if caught hydroplaning:

Immediately take your foot off of the accelerator. Never use your brakes to respond to hydroplaning. Sudden braking on a wet roadway can cause your car to skid completely out of control.

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Although it may seem contradictory, gently turn your steering wheel in the direction your car is hydroplaning. This will help your tires realign with the direction your vehicle is travelling and assist you in regaining steering control.

Wait to feel the tires reconnect with the surface of the road. It will be obvious to the driver when the vehicle has driven out of the hydroplaning situation.

After successfully recovering from hydroplaning on a wet road, you may need to pull over and take a few moments to recover and calm downfrom this terrifying event.

Remember that hydroplaning can happen in an instant.