How to handle hydroplaning

The technique behind safely hydroplaning

Rain is in the forecast this week, which can make the highways a hazard, but even the right slow lane can be a set up to skid.

"In a hydroplane, it can occur at speeds as low as 25 miles per hour," Lieutenant John Hutcheson says.

So how do you handle hydroplane? Clarence Prince, a driving instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, says, first of all, stay calm and don't panic.

He also says there are three things to know when the situation arises:

"Take your foot off the gas, no braking, and use what we call 'counter steer,' meaning steer in the direction of the skid and maintain control of the vehicle," Prince says, vehicles driven by those whose safety is a top priority.

"We don't want somebody to get hurt on our watch. We, as driving instructors at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, we have a passion for driver training," Hutcheson says.

In order for officers to pass the training, they need to pass 8 out of 10 skids successfully. 

The U.S Department of Transportation says more than 1 out of 5 accidents are due to hazardous weather, which comes out to more than 1 million crashes a year.

 

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