Spring means rain, and driving in the rain is hard enough, when visibility is low and everyone is somehow a worse driver than usual, without the reality of hydroplaning. But knowing what to do when you hydroplane turns a scary situation into something manageable, so follow these quick tips and you’ll have control back in no time.
First of all, don’t brake! Braking will just make you skid more. You want your wheels to continue turning so that they can regain traction.
The best way to get control back depends on what drivetrain you have. For front-wheel drive owners, pull into a lane with open space in front of you if possible and then slowly accelerate until your wheels are back on the ground.
Rear-wheel drive (only without traction control and ABS brakes) is more what you’d expect—since you don’t have control over your front wheels, you need to decelerate by taking your foot off the gas, not stepping on the brake, and steer into an open lane like you would with front-wheel drive.
Remember, don’t use cruise control in the rain! You need to be able to decelerate at will without braking!