Hydroplaning: How to avoid it

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — According to the United States Department of Transportation, 70% of weather-related crashes are due to wet pavement, and it accounts for 12% of crash fatalities.

Driving in severe weather is no joke; that’s why you should prepare yourself if you ever have to.

Driving soon after it starts raining is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

“So when that water is built up and that oil is built up, there’s a barrier between where those tires are and the pavement,” Geneva County Sheriff, Tony Helms said. “So that’s where the problem starts.”

If you are worried about staying safe while driving in inclement weather, there are a few steps you can take to be as safe as possible. One, don’t pump the brakes, two , don’t use your cruise control, and three just slow down.

You can also pull over on the side of the road for 15 to 20 minutes and let the rain pass. And, if you are worried about your tire’s tread, you can get some help from none other than Abe Lincoln.

All you need is a penny, turn it upside down, and put it in the tread of your tire. As long as your tread covers Lincoln’s head, you’re good to go.

“The grooves in your tire, channel that water away.” Helms said. “So depending on how much tire you have in contact and the tread wear, that is what can cause the inconsistencies. Pulling over, 20 minutes, you’re going to be 20 minutes later. And that 20 minutes could save your life.”

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