Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning. Technologies like polished lateral and inside grooves like in the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 all-season tires allows the tire to store more water from between the tire and the road while accelerating its flow from the main grooves. Innovations like this improve their aquaplaning and slushplaning properties.
All-weather tires like the Nokian WR G3 tires are made of rubber compounds that are very similar to the rubber compounds of winter tires. It also features the snowflake mountain symbol. The Nokian WR G3 all-weather tires also have polished main grooves like the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 to effectively clean snow, slush, and water off the tire to ensure that the tire grips the road thereby protecting against both aquaplaning and slush planing. Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (Aquaplaning) but also to slush (Slush planing) which can happen when the snow starts melting, leaving slush on the road. This is why even in other seasons than the rainy season you can experience hydroplaning. This is why most tire manufacturers add hydroplaning protective qualities in their full tire line ups.
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. Keep cool, probably easier said than done but it’s important to not panic and slam on the brakes. 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, look at the road ahead and avoid any large puddle and reduce your speed in rainy conditions.
Using a new good quality tire with adequate tire pressure is important as tread depth plays a role. This means that new tires are the best weapon against hydroplaning. A tread pattern that channels water out from between the tire and the road as with the “polished grooves” utilized both in the Nokian eNTYRE and the Nokian WR G3, is the most effective way to prevent hydroplaning. According to test results, hydroplaning starts at 47mph in worn out tires versus the corresponding speed for new tires at 60 mph.