Rainy season makes the roads dangerous due to many reasons. While the slippery roads make driving on roads extremely dangerous, there is something even more dangerous and it remains hidden from the plain sight.
Most of us have not heard about the term “Aquaplaning” or “Hydro-planing” in India. It is a phenomenon that happens due to the stagnant water on the road and it can lead to most extreme accidents.
We have an old video here that shows how aquaplaning can throw your car off the road, right into oncoming traffic.
This video from CCTV footage shows a curved road with heavy rainfall. The cars can be spotted taking high speed turns and there is stagnant water right on the corner. While other cars miss the puddle and pass through safely, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class driver can be seen taking a wide corner and in the process, hitting the puddle. The high-speed car loses grip and slides sideways to hit a pole. The airbags of the car also open due to the high-speed impact.
Luckily, it doesn’t seem like that the driver or any other occupant has been injured in this incident. The driver even comes out of the car to check what happened and then drove the car away from the spot.
The accident here is caused by aquaplaning, It happens when the tyres cannot dissipate or remove the water from its surface. The water covers the whole tyre and the contact patch between the road and the tyre breaks, causing it to slide uncontrollably. Car drivers just lose control of the vehicle and even the brakes do not work as the car remains above water without any contact with the tarmac.
Written By – Shantonil Nag, Source – Cartoq.