Automotive Dictionary: Aquaplaning

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Automotive Dictionary: Aquaplaning


Throughout this site we use many technical terms, and given the breadth of readership our site enjoys, sometimes we are remiss and incorrectly assume everyone knows what we are referring to. For those that do not, here are some explanations of the technical terms use.
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Aquaplaning:


Loss of adhesion on a wet road. When a tyre fails to clear away water in front of each segment as it contacts the ground, a wedge of water builds up in front and finally forces the tyre segments clear of the road surface so that the vehicle fails to respond to steering and brakes. Where high tyre pressures and smooth tread combine, aquaplaning can take place at relatively low speeds.
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