3 things you should know about hydroplaning

When it rains, it pours. You can take that literally, and as a metaphor for how accidents pile up on the interstate when more than a mist falls around the Puget Sound.

On a particularly wet morning in March, hydroplaning was a problem on the roads, and when it's not responded to correctly, it causes a fender-bender, or worse.

These are some tips you should before, during and after you hydroplane.

Listen: WSP Trooper Chris Webb offers rainy weather driving tips

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Don't hit the brakes

It might seem like an obvious solution, but if you start to hydroplane, you need to slow down. Let off the accelerator, but don't hit the brakes. The car tires will eventually catch onto the asphalt and you should be able to drive normally again.

Don't attempt to swerve out of the area that you're hydroplaning in. Stay in your lane.

Says Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb, "You don't want to make sudden movements when you're hydroplaning because if the car eventually does catch traction, you may be in precarious situation. If you're turning too hard when it catches, you're going to end up having issues - if the steering is too sharp or you're going to fast."


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