Goodyear tyre on a wet roadAquaplaning is a loss of tyre grip in wet weather.

Aquaplaning occurs when a tyre rides on top of water on a wet road, and as a result loses its grip on the road surface. This is likely to result in a loss of steering control and/or braking performance.

The faster a vehicle's speed and the deeper the water on the road the more likely a tyre is to aquaplane. Aquaplaning can be reduced by effective design of the tyre's tread, which clears water away from the contact patch.

When a front tyre aquaplanes the steering will feel very light and directional control will be lost.