What to Do If You Hydroplane

With spring comes showers, and driving in the rain can be a nerve-wracking, especially when you hydroplane. Here’s what to do in case you start to hydroplane. Remain calm – The worst thing you could do if you hydroplane is panic. Take a deep breath and tackle the situation calmly. Do not brake or accelerate suddenly – Since hydroplaning is a loss of traction to the front tires, sudden braking will lock only the rear tires, which will cause a spinout. Sudden acceleration could pull the vehicle straight ahead, which could be dangerous. Look for an open space – Find an open and clear space to direct your car toward. Lightly accelerate – Stay lightly on your accelerator and gently guide your car to the open space you identified until it gains its traction back. To avoid hydroplaning in general, don’t use cruise control … Continued

Fuel-Efficient Porsche Vehicles on Their Way

Porsche is known for its performance cars that are typically heavy on gas consumption. But now, Porsche is playing with a balance between economy and performance for road-ready, fuel-efficient vehicles. The new Porsche Macan premiered at the New York Auto Show and hinted at the future of Porsche. The four-cylinder engine is unlike many of Porsche’s V6 and V8-equipped cars – but for a good reason. “You have to adapt,” Klaus Zellmer, president of Porsche North America said, “At the moment, that means it’s a lot about hybrids.” Though the Macan has a four-cylinder engine, its performance is still top-notch. The SUV has a progressive acceleration for its class, going from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds. You get a luxury Porsche package with the new Macan while saving money on gas. The Macan will have S, GTS, and Turbo versions. The 248-horsepower four-cylinder … Continued