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Winter driving

How to deal with aquaplaning

Aquaplaning is when all four wheels on your vehicle lose grip with the surface of the road as a result of standing water.

It happens often during heavy rain and, when the tyres lift from the road surface onto a layer of water, it can take control away from the driver.

It’s important to stay calm and keep driving contributions to a minimum. If you slam on the brakes too hard or severely adjust your steering, you risk skidding uncontrollably. Instead, ease your foot off the accelerator so you can slow down naturally and try to keep steering in the direction of the road.

If you spot standing water on the road in advance, slowing down before you hit it will give your tyres a better chance of dispersing it, which could help avoid aquaplaning altogether.

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