Spring showers may be a welcome change from the harsh cold and road slush. Unfortunately, your vehicle is susceptible to encountering unusually high water levels on the road during this season. When one or more tires on a vehicle actually loses contact with the road surface as the vehicle passes over a layer of water, this is referred to as hydroplaning. Depending on the vehicle speed, tire tread wear, distance traveled over water, and even the use of the cruise control system, a layer of water just 3 mm (less than a 1/4 inch) deep can make hydroplaning a very real possibility.
Hydroplaning can result in partial or total loss of control, presenting a real danger for a collision. We recommend that you take the time this spring to ensure that your vehicle is in good shape mechanically. Drive according to weather conditions by slowing down and carefully observe the behaviour of vehicles ahead as they pass over wet surfaces.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, remain calm, keep the nose of the vehicle pointed straight ahead, ease off the gas pedal, and let the vehicle slow down on its own.