Atlanta new cars: What do you do if your new car hydroplanes?




With the changing seasons come changes in weather. How careful are you when driving in the rain? If you don’t give it any thought, you should. The Southtowne car dealership in Newnan has see a lot of body damage due to people not taking the rain seriously.


  • First, be extra careful of driving in the rain after a dry spell. Fumes and oil leaks that build up on dry pavement rise to the surface of the road when it rains, making the road far slicker than it may seem. If it hasn’t rained in a while, this buildup gets extra thick and takes longer to wash away. It’s always a good idea to be extra careful under these conditions.


  • It takes a very, very small amount of standing water to cause your car to hydroplane.  Hydroplaning is a result of the rubber no longer being in contact with the road and usually when your vehicle is going relatively fast . Take it slow. If you do hydroplane simply let your foot off the gas and turn into the skid. DO NOT OVER CORRECT, OR SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES! It should only take a few seconds for your tires to touch pavement. You can quickly cause you to lose control of the vehicle if you are not careful.


  • Don’t rely on your car’s brakes. Similar to driving on snow and ice, hard, fast braking is likely to cause more harm than good when driving in rain. Be sure to use slow, light braking only when necessary, using slow acceleration and steering to control your car. Heavy, sudden braking could induce hydroplaning or a spin.




Now is a good time to make sure that your new car, especially your tires, are in tip-top shape for the new season. If you are unsure you can always ask me, or just stop by the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.


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