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Here's what to do if your vehicle hydroplanes

Hydroplaning is scary even when you're traveling at slow speeds. Imagine traveling on a highway and hydroplaning; there would be a risk of going off the road, passing into the path of other traffic and crashing. This is particularly dangerous if the vehicle hydroplaning is a truck.

Since trucks weigh so much, they have the potential to crush smaller vehicles. Additionally, their large sizes take up more room on the highway and roadways, impacting others and blocking the path.

What should you do to avoid hydroplaning?

First, remember not to panic. If you panic, you may take the incorrect steps and cause your vehicle to go even more out of control. Many vehicles now have anti-lock brakes, which means that you can put on the brakes and not worry about the brakes locking up. Putting on the brakes is just one option to avoid hydroplaning, though.

Another option is to cruise your vehicle to a stop. Taking your foot off the gas and brake gives the vehicle a chance to correct its path on its own as it slows. It also gives you time to steer it to safety.

If that doesn't work, try accelerating. Pumping the gas helps get more water out from under your tires, giving you a better chance of gaining traction.

What should you do if you're hit by a truck that hydroplaned?

Stay calm. Wait for the police and medical teams to arrive. Your health is the most important factor, so get the medical care you need first. After that, your attorney can help you file a claim for the compensation you need.

Source: Toyota of Cool Springs, "What to Do When Your Truck Hydroplanes," accessed March 24, 2017

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