Hydroplaning is when you lose traction because water gets between your tires and the road, leading to sliding and loss of control of your car. On a wet road, if you’re going too fast, your car will actually float on top of the water. When that happens, you can’t steer or brake. Often you don’t know it’s happening until it’s too late. And, this can happen even at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour.
So, what should you do when you realize you’re hydroplaning? First, be calm and don’t hit the brakes. Let up on the accelerator so you can begin to re-establish traction and continue straight ahead. If your car is veering off in a direction that you don’t want to go, don’t fight it by over correcting. This will only make matters worse. Just follow the wheels and take it easy. As the car slows, you’ll get it back under control.