How to handle aquaplaning

Mike Shaw
Written by: Mike Shaw
Posted on: 1 September 2015

Heavy rain and surface water are major risk factors for aquaplaning.

This is when the tread of the tyres can’t disperse the water quickly enough so the car ‘floats’ on a layer of liquid, taking control away from the driver. So how do you deal with it?

  1. As soon as you feel you’re losing control, don’t panic. Keep your driving inputs smooth and to a minimum.
  2. Don’t hit the brakes: this will cause you to skid uncontrollably.
  3. Don’t adjust the steering either: when the tyres grip tarmac again this will cause you to spear off uncontrollably, possibly in a direction you don’t want to go in.
  4. Keep the steering following the road and let the car slow down naturally by easing your foot off the accelerator.

If you can, avoid aquaplaning completely by staying focused on the road ahead and seeing the danger in advance. Slowing down before you hit standing water will give your tyres a better chance of dispersing it.

But if you can’t avoid aquaplaning from happening, follow our tips and you’ll regain control of the car within seconds.

directline logo
Do you have any  insurance policies  with Direct Line?
Close ×
directline logo
Do you have any  insurance policies  with Direct Line?

Things you need to know about Over 50s life insurance:
Premiums stop after your 90th birthday but you still enjoy cover for the rest of your life. In the first year, if you die from natural causes we will refund any premiums, or if you die as a result of an accident, we will pay your cash sum. After the first year regardless of the cause of death we will pay your cash sum. Depending on how long you live, the total sum paid in premiums may be more than the cash sum payable on death. If you stop paying your premiums before the end of your policy your cover will stop 30 days after your missed premium and you won’t get anything back. This isn’t a savings or investment product and has no cash value unless a valid claim is made. Inflation will reduce the buying power of your cash sum in the future.

Close ×