The term hydroplaning is used when a vehicle skids across a wet roadway. While it may seem more dangerous for hydroplaning the longer it has been raining, it is more likely to occur in the first few minutes of a rain shower. This is due to the oils left behind from traffic mixing with the water and causing the road surface to be even slicker.
While hydroplaning cannot be avoided to an absolute certainty, there are things that a driver can do to make it less likely to occur. One thing is to make sure that the tires are properly inflated. Since it is harder for tires to scatter water when driving at high speeds, slow down when roads are wet. It is also helpful to avoid the outer lanes where water has a tendency to accumulate.
The AJC reports that a Spalding County deputy has suffered from a spinal injury after his patrol car was struck by a hydroplaning SUV.
The crash occurred at about 6:50 a.m. on Zebulon Road last Tuesday.
40-year-old Deputy Matthew Everett was heading home at the time the crash occurred on Zebulon Road near Deer Lake Drive.
57-year-old John Desnoyer was driving a Ford Explorer and traveling at about 65 m.p.h. when his vehicle began hydroplaning. He lost control, and although Deputy Everett attempted to avoid the crash, the two vehicles collided.
Everett suffered from a broken vertebra, a broken leg, and a head laceration that required nearly three dozen stitches. Desnoyer suffered from minor injuries in the crash. He was cited for traveling too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane.
Everett’s K-9 partner, Gracie, was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. She was not injured.
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