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Based on the 2024 Driver Handbook

To prevent hydroplaning:

To prevent hydroplaning:

  1. Reduce your speed.
  2. Ensure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated. 
  3. Avoid rapid acceleration.
  4. All of these.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This question, or a similar one, may show up on your driver’s license written exam. 

The answer is: D. All of these. 

Did you get it right? Learn more about this answer below. 

Explanation: Hydroplaning. 

In order to pass your DMV exams and to become a safe driver, it’s important to know the reason why a particular answer on the written test is correct. 

Hydroplaning describes a phenomenon in which your tires lift up off of the surface of the road and ride atop a thin film of water. 

This can happen when it is raining or when roads are wet and water has collected. 

When your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you will not be able to control it and can quickly go into a skid or crash. 

Hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as 35 mph, and the likelihood of hydroplaning increases at higher speeds.

In order to prevent your vehicle from hydroplaning on wet roads, you should:

  • Reduce your speed.
  • Make sure your tire tread is good.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. 
  • Avoid quick acceleration.
  • Slow down even more when entering turns and curves. 

All of these tactics will help keep you safer and in control of your vehicle on wet roadways. 

You can find more information about this topic in the section about weather conditions in your driver’s handbook.

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