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Which of the following is true about hydroplaning?

A Hydroplaning can start at speeds as low as 35 mph.

Hydroplaning occurs when you drive too fast over standing water and effectively ski over its surface. Even with good tires, your vehicle can start to hydroplane at speeds as low as 35 mph. (Badly worn tires can cause the vehicle to hydroplane at speeds as low as 25 mph.) This may send your car into a skid. If you hydroplane, try to avoid accelerating, steering, or braking; let the car slow itself down. Do not use your cruise control on wet roads. If your vehicle loses traction, the cruise control may spin the wheels to try to maintain a constant speed. This can worsen or even cause a skid. [Driving Defensively, Chapter 3: Safety First, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Driver's Manual]