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08-26-2009 09:52 AM
azazel1024
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

Sadly been there, or my wife has. She spun off the highway going about 60mph because the idiot in front of her didn't no how to merge and slammed on his brakes trying to merge...so she hit her brakes and swerved to avoid him spinning her car 540 off the road (fortunately missing everyone on the road despite rush hour traffic). Cracked a wheel, flattened that tire, cracked the bumper on a sapling she backed in to and filled the bumper, wheel wells and some of the engine compartment with mud and weeds. Took a couple of weeks to get the wheel fixed (thank god for a full sized spare), a tow truck to get the car pulled out (despite AWD and good all season tires, when your in 12 inches of mud, at an angle, not a lot can get out of that) and 3 trips to the car wash and some use of the home hose to get all of the weeds and mud out).

For hydroplanning, I've done it a couple of times in my old saturn. The best was coming down a hill early in the morning in heavy rain only going maybe 50mph. Well I hit a hidden 6 inch deep puddle about 30ft across at the bottom of the hill, I tapped the brakes a fraction in reaction and it stalled the car for a second before it finished hydro planning over the puddle and the wheels gripped pavement again. Between that and all of the water splashed up my under carriage I had a power steering and battery light on for about a minute afterward since my serpantine belt was slipping like crazy from all of the water on it.
-Matt
08-25-2009 01:49 PM
halo0
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

no skidmarks but I did have to pry my hands off the wheel like John Candy in Planes Trains and Automobiles.
08-25-2009 01:32 PM
fatabbot
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

[quote author=04mzda3htbk link=topic=154312.msg3295703#msg3295703 date=1251220695]
those must have been some hella grass stains!
[/quote]

Probably coordinated with the skid marks on his boxers.
08-25-2009 01:20 PM
halo0
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

Hells yeah.  I am annoyed that I can't find the pics.  I spent about $5 at the car wash trying to get all the mud and grass out of my wheels and undercarriage.
08-25-2009 01:18 PM
04mzda3htbk
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

those must have been some hella grass stains!
08-25-2009 12:31 PM
halo0
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

I actually hydroplaned once at about 70 MPH in my Cavalier. I wasn't using cruise, but my rear tires were quite low on tread. Hit one of those areas where there were ruts in the road from trucks and I spun off the freeway into the ditch. I was lucky to go off in an area directly between 2 stands of trees. I almost certainly would have been dead if I'd gone into the trees. The entire side of my car had vertical scratches from top to bottom from the weeds I slid sideways through at probably 50 or 60 MPH.
08-25-2009 12:23 PM
04mzda3htbk
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

Gotchya.
08-25-2009 12:18 PM
fatabbot
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

Quote:
Sure the events happened but even snopes says that the car didn't take off like a rocket.
Of course not, just posting what I found.
08-25-2009 12:17 PM
biggee72
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

One guy answered that while using cruise set @ 70mph in heavy rain or slush he too began to spin out of control but was able to catch it in time, so yes it's dangerous. Ummm..driving 70 in heavy rain or slush isn't safe in a rally car..nonetheless any car.
08-25-2009 12:13 PM
04mzda3htbk
Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

Sure the events happened but even snopes says that the car didn't take off like a rocket.

"Origins: We began seeing this cautionary tale turn in in inboxes in Nov 2002. Although these accounts are probably "real" in the sense that they indeed reflect someone's attempt to describe an automotive mishap that actually happened to him, the explanation about a hydroplaning car's suddenly accelerating and "taking off like a rocket" due to the use of cruise control is a garbled one probably reflecting the author's misunderstanding of what had occured.
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