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Speed, Water, Tire Tread...Hydroplaning can happen to you

Speed, Water, Tire Tread...Hydroplaning can happen to you

With the prospect of a heavy rainy season ahead, hydroplaning  in your vehicle becomes more likely and dangerous. Even with a thin layer of water on the road, your vehicle speed and tire tread depth will have  a significant impact on control or lack thereof.                      THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A HYDROPLANE ACCIDENT With good tire tread depth, and a cautious speed, the tire tread pattern will push the water out and away from the wheel allowing  for maximum contact with the road. However, regardless of how  good or new the tires are, the faster the speed the less direct contact with the road. A layer of water builds up between the  rubber and the road resulting in Hydroplaning and loss of control. Prescription: Don't drive if you don't have to                    Have your Tires Checked for Tread Depth & ... read more

What if current South Carolina weather comes to LA?

What if current South Carolina weather comes to LA?

With talk of El Nino weather heading our way this winter, what can we take away and apply to our safety and driving habits from the disaster that is flood ravaged South Carolina? We've seen hillsides destroy property, sink holes swallow cars and people losing their lives when being swept away during sever rains while driving a car, walking or on a motorcycle. Here are a few suggestions when driving through heavy rain flooded streets... 

Flood Weather Driving tips..Just in case El Nino shows up..

flood driving tips Sometimes it's unavoidable, as when a summer sprinkle quickly devolves into a flash flood. If you're caught driving in a flood, we have some tips to help you stay safe. Estimate how deep the water is As little as 6 inches of water can damage your car and lead to stalling. A foot of water may even cause your vehicle to float. If you think the water is more than 6 inches deep, don't try to drive through it. Best to turn around and find another route. Slow your speed If you drive through water, slow down and take your time. Watch for downed power lines If you approach a water-ridden area where power lines are down, turn around. Respect the barricades If you're approaching a road that's barricaded, don't attempt to go around the barricade and take the road anyway. There's a good chance serious danger's ahead. Don't wait out the water in your car Because only a foot of water can make your car float and 2 feet can cause it to ... read more

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