On a wet road, at speeds of up to 35 mph, modern tires will usually channel water away to maintain contact with the road. However, in deep water at higher speeds, the channeling action of the front tires becomes less effective and the tires start to ride on a layer of water like water skis. This is called âhydroplaning.â It may result in a loss of braking and steering control. To help prevent hydroplaning, keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer's recommended tire pressures. In wet weather, slow down and avoid areas where water has pooled.