(PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Tire Consultants Inc. announces tire hydroplaning season is fast approaching. As winter weather approaches it brings with it rain, snow and possibly ice. Some regions of the country can experience multiple types of weather systems all in one day. Temperature swings of 30 degrees or more are not uncommon. In the northern states subzero temperatures combined with rain and snow make for ideal conditions of hydroplaning. Vehicle hydroplaning can occur at any time under the right road conditions.
There are three types of tire hydroplaning, one is called dynamic hydroplaning, the other called viscous hydroplaning. The third type of hydroplaning is rubber reversion which will not be covered here. Dynamic hydroplaning happens when the depth of the liquid on the road exceeds the capabilities of the tire to push the liquid out from under the tread fast enough causing the tire to actually lose contact with the road surface and ride on the water. Dynamic hydroplaning is generally a high speed occurrence. The driver may actually be able to steer using the tires for some directional control similar to a rudder on a boat in dynamic hydroplaning.
The second type of hydroplaning is viscous; this type happens when the road surface is coated with a slippery material such as oil, ice or mud and can happen at any speed. Viscous hydroplaning is the more hazardous of the two conditions because the driver can lose directional control. The tires lose all contact with the road surface with almost total loss of steering ability. There are other hazards the driver must contend with such as loose gravel, fallen leaves, dirt, anything that would cause the tire to lose contact with the hard solid road surface. In the summer months, oils can leach out of tar road surfaces, combine this with old rubber and light rain and the surface road will be just as slick as a coat of ice.
The driver’s best weapon against tire slippage is to slow down. A slower vehicle is less likely to hydroplane. Maintain the tires on the vehicle with proper inflation pressure. Replace worn out balding tires. Avoid hazardous driving conditions and keep an eye on traffic up ahead.