BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Most folks may have hydroplaned a time or two in their driving life and know all too well how terrifying it can be.
"It happens so quickly and you're so scared, the majority of people don't know what it is because it happens so fast," said Mike Goodwin, of Garden Automotive. "They'll be driving and all of a sudden their car darts to the right or the left. Most of the time it's because of the tires on the car, there's not enough tread."
"Today, on a sunny day, is the perfect time to check the tires and the windshield wipers, before our next bout of heavy rain. With the wipers, turn them on. They should sound smooth. If you hear a scraping sound and the windshield sounds like it has a piece of sandpaper going across it or if it skips across it, you need new wipers," said Goodwin.
To drive safely on slick, wet roads during rain, make sure your headlights are on when those wipers are going -- it's state law; go at least 10 mph under the speed limit and give yourself plenty of room, at least 10 car lengths, between yourself and the driver in front of you.