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Old 02-11-2015, 10:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RedDevil View Post
My Insight is heavier than any car I owned before and it has more grip than any car I've owned before.
Weight helps break the thin film of water on wet roads.

My '85 Civic forced me to slow down on rainy days, it would aquaplane at speeds as low as 50 mph.
My much heavier Nissan Almera never aquaplaned at all, nor did my Insight.

Friction increases with mass...
That also has to do with the tires installed as they have been improved to handle water better. At the same time, I now drive a Prius which seems to handle water fine. But my last car was a 96 Sunfire, not a heavy car by any means and I used to wonder if aquaplaning was something that actually happened to people :P.

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