Summer is finally here, and with the arrival of the season is the need to take some safety precautions when heading out on wet roads after a summer rain shower. The risk of hydroplaning in the summer is just as high as in any other season when rain is possible. In fact, hydroplaning is one of the biggest reasons for accidents in the summer, so keeping high-quality, properly inflated tires is equally important in the summer. It is also important to make sure your windshield wipers are functioning well and that the blades are not old or streak the windshield. It is also important to have washer fluid in the reservoir. Make sure that all your car’s dashboard lights are functioning properly, especially the emergency blinkers, and make sure your brakes are functioning well.
High-quality tires are probably the number one protection against hydroplaning. There are many good tires on the market, and with newer technologies there have been many advances in the tires’ capacity to avoid loss of control due to hydroplaning. Tires like the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 all-season tires have a new innovative design with lateral grooves that allow more water to store between the tire and the road. This, in addition with its polished main grooves, helps accelerate the flow of water displaced by the surface tread. Even new tires don’t completely eliminate the risk of hydroplaning, but they do give you the best protection, especially if you are avoiding areas of standing water, slowing down your speed – especially around turns – and avoiding following too closely behind the car in front of you.
Even in the summer when it rains, the risk of collision is greater because wet weather increases the risk of hydroplaning. In addition, some accidents are caused by the fact that hard rain limits visibility, which can be challenging even for the most experienced drivers. Make sure to keep the windshield clean at all times and to use the defroster for your front and back windows. This will prevent moisture from collecting on the inside of the glass. The advantage of an all-season tire for the summer is the extra protection against hydroplaning.