Anti-Lock Braking Systems and Hydroplaning

Modern cars often include features that are designed to help drivers to avoid accidents and maintain control. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are just such drivers-assistive systems, and when they are used at appropriate times they have life-saving potential. That said, using ABS systems at the wrong times can actually exacerbate the dangerous effects of hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning happens when vehicles are in operation during wet weather. It begins when thin wedges of water build up between road surfaces and tire treads, and it often results in a loss of directional control.

Inexperienced drivers who find their vehicles hydroplaning often make the mistake of slamming on or vigorously pumping their brakes. Since there is no connection between tires and roads during hydroplaning events, ramming brake pedals can have no positive effects. Rather than lean on their brakes, drivers who begin to hydroplane in their vehicles should slowly ease off of their gas pedals and look for open spaces in which they can maneuver.

Drivers can avoid hydroplaning by using new, well-balanced tires, maintaining low speeds during wet weather, and having their tires rotated regularly. Here at our Mission service center, our well-trained and certified suspension system experts can help you to tune your suspension components and choose the right tires for your unique driving needs. For more information and a free, no-obligation consultation, come to Spike Ford today.

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