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Could the spring thaw lead to hydroplaning on roads?

According to weather experts, this winter has seen more snow than any time in the last decade. It has certainly made for an “interesting” winter and challenging driving conditions. With the calendar turning to March and warmer temperatures, there are some concerns that a rapid melt could lead to flooding.

Where there are flooding concerns there are also hydroplaning fears (or at least there should be). Hydroplaning refers to the act of a car losing contact with the road and basically floating on the moisture on the road (like a hydroplane). In these instances, a driver could be potentially lose control of their vehicle and crash. 

With spring coming and warmer weather expected, the possibility of pools of melting snow collecting on roadways cannot be ignored. Even though it remains to be seen how quickly the snow melt will be, drivers must use reasonable care in avoiding situations where hydroplaning can occur. After all, you don’t need a deep puddle in order for a car’s tires to lose contact with the road.

With that said, part of using reasonable care includes slowing down when road conditions deteriorate. Like watching out for black ice, it may not be easy to see large puddles before encountering them. But driving for the conditions (and within the speed limit) can reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning.

While you may be a conscientious driver, not everyone else on the road is. If you have been in an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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