When you hit the road in the summer heat, it is important to stay safe and check your tires. There is a real risk of hydroplaning in the summer, when there are unexpected thunderstorms and rain showers in many areas of the United States. The best protection against hydroplaning is a set of high-quality tires that are in good condition with proper tread depth and optimal inflation.
Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle tire rides up on a thin surface of water and loses contact with the pavement, resulting in a loss of control. Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning. Most tires incorporate this technology, but even with a good tire you can’t completely eliminate the risk. This is why it’s important to know what to do when your car starts hydroplaning. The best thing to do if you start hydroplaning is to stay straight and decelerate to try to regain the feel of the road and control of your car. To avoid hydroplaning, steer clear of large puddles and reduce your speed in rainy conditions.
Using a high-quality tire with adequate tire pressure is important. Once such tire is the Nokian eNTYRE, an all-season tire that uses polished grooves to prevent hydroplaning. The Nokian eNTYRE’s polished and slippery main grooves allow water to flow easily and effectively. This, along with the open design of the main groove openings, helps protect against aquaplaning. The Nokian eNTYRE even comes equipped with a hydroplaning indicator on its center rib. The hydroplaning indicator droplet disappears when groove depth wears down to less than 4mm.
Tread depth is also important. As speed increases and the tread depth decreases, the contact area of the tire is dramatically decreased. This means the tire’swet grip and hydroplaning qualities deteriorate and the risk of hydroplaning increases. Furthermore, braking distance is longer and the car skids more easily. Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (which is known as aquaplaning). You can also hydroplane on slush (slush planing). Slush planing takes place when melting snow leaves slush on the road. In either case, it’s vital to have high-quality tires like the Nokian eNTYRE, which provides peace of mind in wet conditions.