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There are many ways to avoid an auto accident, such as following the speed limit and putting your cell phone away, but human error is not the only factor at play in auto accidents. Poor pavement conditions have been found to also have a substantial impact on the occurrence and severity of car accidents.
Asphalt and concrete have long been the go-to materials for paving roadways and other pavement features. However, new pavement materials are always being developed to offer different options.
Hydroplaning is a jarring experience that includes the loss of control of a vehicle while in motion due to wet roads. It can oftentimes result in an accident when a driver loses control of the vehicle, and the vehicle crashes into another vehicle or a stationary roadway feature, like a guardrail or road sign. Many people think that hydroplaning only occurs at high speeds when there is a lot of water pooled on the roadway, but there are actually three different types of hydroplaning. Explore the different kinds of hydroplaning below to avoid losing control of your vehicle and stay safe on the road.
Different Types of Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning does always include a wet roadway, but the amount of water needed to cause the phenomenon to occur is not as much as you think.
Dynamic Hydroplaning. This is the hydroplaning that most people are familiar with. It happens when a vehicle’s tire is completely separated from the roadway by a layer of water while in motion. Usually, a tire’s tread moves water out and away from under the tire as the tire passes over, and some water moves through the cracks and crevices of the pavement, and the tires maintain full contact with the pavement. In dynamic hydroplaning, enough water stays under the tires so they lose contact with the pavement, which results in the loss of control of the vehicle. Dynamic hydroplaning most often occurs when a vehicle is traveling at 45 mph or faster.
Viscous Hydroplaning. This sort of hydroplaning is caused when a pavement is too smooth, either through polishing by traffic or when flushing occurs, which is when the asphalt—the viscous liquid that bonds the aggregates to form asphalt pavement—has bled up through the aggregates to cover large swaths of the pavements surface. Both scenarios mean the roadway’s pavement has too little micro-texture. It only takes a very small amount of water to cause viscous hydroplaning, because the water can’t escape into the texture of the roadway. Hydroplaning can occur at any speed with viscous hydroplaning.
Tire-Tread Rubber Reversion Hydroplaning. This hydroplaning is one experienced by 18-wheelers when the wheels lock up at high speeds on wet roadways that have good macro-texture but not enough micro-texture.
Other issues that contribute to hydroplaning include higher speeds, marginal tires, and low skid resistance. The best option is to reduce speeds when traveling on wet pavements!
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Permeable pavement has a number of benefits, such as reducing runoff, keeping pollutants out of stormwater drains, and more—but it is not without its drawbacks. Permeable pavement, also called porous pavement, is any kind of pavement that allows rainwater to permeate through the pavement rather than running off. It can be made of concrete, asphalt, pavers, and more. If you’re considering permeable pavement for your next paving project, consider the drawbacks as well as the advantages before committing.
The Drawbacks of Permeable Pavement
The drawbacks of permeable pavement are not deal-breakers, but they do need to be considered when planning your pavement project. Permeable pavements drawbacks include:
- It’s not as strong as normal pavement. Permeable pavement is best suited to low-traffic Projects like driveways, patios, and walkways. It cannot handle heavy vehicles or high volumes of traffic. Because permeable pavement is not as strong as normal pavement, it is not a good pavement option for heavy-traffic areas like roads, highways, and parking lots that see a lot of heavy traffic.
- It needs to be installed by a professional. There are some pavement projects that can easily be a DIY project, but permeable pavement is not one of them. There is a lot of work that needs to go into the base and subbase, and it requires special equipment. Even some asphalt paving companies may not offer it as an option.
- It’s not suitable for all soil types. Permeable pavement allows rainwater to pass through it into the ground underneath. If the soil underneath is not a permeable soil, such as soil with a high clay content, then the water will virtually have nowhere to go. This can lead to all kinds of issues.
- Permeable pavement requires more maintenance. Soil and debris can get down in the small crevices in permeable pavement over time, essentially clogging the pavement’s ability to allow water through. Debris needs to be removed periodically, such as once a year.
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