The team here at Upstate Auto Service & Body Works in Saranac Lake, NY wants every local driver to be fully informed of commonly encountered road hazards prior to taking off on a long-distance journey or a short trip across town. Hydroplaning is a phenomenon that can occur any time that heavy rainfall accumulates on the roadway, but danger can often be averted by quick thinking and defensive driving.

If you encounter heavy rainfall or a water-saturated roadway, the logical thing to do is to slow down as soon as possible but without applying the brakes too quickly. Avoid rutted lanes, puddles, and other standing water to the greatest possible extent.

Regularly inspecting your tires and replacing them when they are worn out can help to ensure that there’s adequate tread depth to channel the water away. Keeping tires properly aired up also provides for proper contact with the road.

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