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Officials: Dangers of hydroplaning are bigger than you think

Mike Sistrunk Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk Lee County Public Works Director
Sheriff Jeff Hobby Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby Worth County
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

It was a cold and soggy day across South Georgia making it difficult to get around on the roads. Rainfall totals maxed out at nearly 3 inches in some areas.  On Highway 82 and other areas, that created a hydroplaning danger.

"When you feel the weight of your car lighten up that means you are on top of the water, let off the gas and the car will settle back down on the road and just ease back into the gas. If you ever hit the brakes when you hydroplane you shouldn't do that, that's when you are going to turn your car around," said Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby.

Ponding on roadways can occur at any location, but there are some spots where it is more common than others.

"There is always going to be a problem with bridges, connect with pave roads. There is always ponding on the separation between concrete and asphalt that would be your potential areas again I'd day be cautious running across bridges," said Mike Sistrunk Lee County Public Works Director.

One way to lower your risk of hydroplaning is to make sure your tires have good tread on them.

"If you have good tires, good tread on your tires you can still hydroplane, but it won't be as significant," said Sheriff Hobby.

Sheriff Hobby says there were some hydroplane incidents Wednesday morning.

"We've had a couple of calls that people slide in the ditch," stated Sheriff Hobby.

So, experts remind everyone to make sure you slow down through heavy rain and prepare yourself before leaving home.

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