Driving Through Deep Puddles on the Road? Four Tips to Keep You from Hydroplaning

Did you know that if you drive about 10 miles below the speed limit and avoid using your cruise control when there's standing water on the road that you can greatly reduce your chances of hydroplaning? That feeling of your tires losing grip with the road is pretty scary, but there are a few things that you can do, both during your drive and beforehand, that will keep you safer when driving through deep puddles.

Beyond driving slower and avoiding cruise control, there are a couple of things that you can do before you hit the road. The first one is to make sure that your tires have a good tread, and that they have been rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Rotating will ensure that the wear of the tread is even. You can also use a set of tires that are specifically designed to handle pools of water.

If you're interested in upgrading your tires, come to our service center at Valley Volkswagen in Staunton, VA, and we'll be happy to help you find the tires right for your vehicle.