Rain Creates Added Hazards for Illinois Motorists

Rain Creates Added Hazards for Illinois MotoristsApril showers might bring spring flowers, but they can also created dangerous driving conditions for Illinois motorists. Wet weather increased risk of encountering standing or flowing water, as well as slick surfaces which can cause a number of problems for motorists from flooding to the tires losing traction and drivers to lose control of their vehicles. One of the greatest risks is a situation commonly known as “hydroplaning.” This phenomenon occurs when rain waters mix with road oils to create a thin, slippery film of water along the road’s surface.

Hydroplaning can cause a vehicle to completely loses contact with the road and actually skid on a thin layer of water coating the road’s surface. This often results in the motorists losing the ability to steer and control the vehicles as the vehicle’s tires lose contact with the pavement. According to experts, hydroplaning is caused by a combination of vehicle speed, tire condition and water depth. When all three of these factors combine the risk of hydroplaning or other complications greatly increases for Champaign County drivers.

As travel speeds increase, traction on wet roads is considerably reduced. Speeds in excess of 35 mph could greatly increase the risk of hydroplaning. Furthermore, as a vehicles’ tires become worn, their ability to resist hydroplaning diminishes. Thinning and worn tire treads are unable to grip the road surface as efficiently as their newer counterparts and therefore can result in increased risk of hydroplaning. While even thin layers of water can cause vehicles to lose control, the experts have found that the deeper the water coverage along the surface of a road, the more likely it is to lose traction.

There are a number of things that Illinois motorists can do to help prevent hydroplaning, but it is also important to understand how to respond to the situation should it arise. Here are a few tips for reacting in a hydroplane situation:

  • Don’t panic. While the situation can be frightening, when handled appropriately.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes or accelerate. Doing so can alter the momentum of the vehicle and cause even more maneuverability challenges.
  • Don’t try to oversteer or quickly adjust your steering wheel. Instead, motorists should try to keep their vehicle pointed straight ahead, traveling at a constant pace.
  • Allow your vehicle to carry your through the watery patch and slow naturally. You should begin to regain control once your vehicle has moved through the watery area.

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