Given the warning of heavy rains in much of the country, the General Directorate of Traffic clarifies how to prevent aquaplaning from occurring and what we should do in case it happens.

The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) alert that today heavy rainfall is expected in much of the Peninsula. Faced with this situation, the DGT wants drivers to be prepared and clarifies how to avoid one of the most dangerous situations when driving in the rain.

We talk about aquaplaning, a phenomenon that can happen when the road is flooded. Due to excess water and other factors (tire wear, for example), the vehicle loses grip and slides, which can have fatal consequences.

Given the danger posed by this phenomenon, the DGT it remind us that Avoiding aquaplaning is quite simple and within our reach. As Traffic points out, with just two simple steps we can prevent this problem.

On the one hand, it is very important to check the tires periodically to check that the pressure is adequate and that they are not worn. The greater the wear or lack of pressure, we run a greater risk of hydroplaning.

The second step consists of slow down when driving in the rain. For example, when driving at 100 km / h, grip decreases 60% with wet ground (1.5 mm of water) and 90% with a lot of water (5 mm). On the other hand, if the speed is 60 km / h, the grip on wet ground is reduced by 40% and 50% with a lot of water, a big difference.

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Agree With the DGT, on a tire without a pattern, the water pressure at 70 km / h is 2 bar. At higher speed or lower tire inflation (less than 2 bar), aquaplaning will occur.

Therefore, if you are going to take the car in the rain, Make sure your tires are in good condition for wear and pressure, and drive at an adequate speed to prevent skidding.

If, despite taking these precautions, aquaplaning occurs, it is very important that you know how to act to avoid a serious accident.

When this phenomenon occurs, you will feel strong retention and uncontrolled steering, and your vehicle may go straight or begin to roll sideways.

Given these symptoms, what you have to do is hold the steering wheel firmly, do not brake hard and correct the trajectory when you feel that you regain your grip.