Three main factors contribute to hydroplaning, or the loss of traction on wet roads:
- Vehicle speed: As speed increases, wet traction is considerably reduced.
- Water depth: The deeper the water, the sooner you will lose traction, although even thin water layers can cause a loss of traction, even at low speeds.
- Tyre tread depth: As your tyres become worn, their ability to resist hydroplaning is reduced.
Since hydroplaning can result in a complete loss of traction and vehicle control, you should always reduce speed with consideration to the traffic around you.