Aquaplaning (or hydroplaning) occurs when the water that is between your tyres and the surface of the road can’t be removed quickly enough. This water builds up in front of the tyres until the pressure of the water exceeds the pressure of the tyre on the road. This results in the tyres losing contact with the surface of the road.
Because the tyres have lost traction, it causes the wheels to slip and this prevents the car from responding to steering, braking or accelerating. When this occurs, your car can end up completely out of control – with skidding or spinning possible. This is potentially a very dangerous situation.
How to prevent aquaplaning
Make sure you check your tyres and tyre pressure regularly – If you don’t have your tyres pumped up enough it strongly increases the risk of aquaplaning.
Check your tyre wear and tread depth – the more tread you have left on your tyres, the more water they can disperse.
Reduce your speed – always drive to the conditions. Be especially careful if it has rained heavily or for long periods as there can be large puddles on the road. Hitting a large puddle at speed can send you straight into aquaplaning.