It takes skill to skid.
A safe stop on an icy, snow-packed road is a tricky maneuver that requires skill and good judgment. What 2 keep-you-safe steps should you take?
One of the most dangerous winter driving hazards is skidding. If it happens at a high speed, the result can be deadly. But most skids can be avoided by
simply adjusting to driving conditions and knowing how to recover from a skid. Skids are most likely to occur on curves and turns, so slow down ahead of time to prepare for them. When in the curve, accelerate slowly and steer steadily
with no abrupt change in direction or abrupt braking. Driving smoothly in general can help prevent skids.
Step 1 – BE AWARE.
You should constantly be on the lookout for areas that might induce skidding, such as unexpected ice patches or piles of wet leaves, which tend to be found
in shady areas or on overpasses. Keep in mind that wet ice, warmed by the sun, is twice as dangerous as completely frozen ice. Be especially alert whenever
there is any kind of precipitation during cold weather.
Step 2 – PRACTICE SKID SAFETY TECHNIQUES
If you go into a skid, remember these critical rules:
- Don't steer against the skid
- Avoid using the brakes
- take your foot off the accelerator
- steer in the direction the vehicle is sliding
- when you feel recovery of traction, slowly straighten the wheels
- continue process until you recover complete control
- if the back of your vehicle is fishtailing to the right, turn the wheel gently in that directions until your vehicle recovers.
If braking is necessary before traction is recovered:
- apply the brake pedal cautiously
- do not lock the wheels and intensify the skid
- have your vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes
Thanks for reading these safe skid recovery tips written by Travis Hinman. Please check back for more tips about winter driving safety. And, always feel free to leave us a comment below of any helpful winter driving tips you have acquired. Drivers helping other drivings in safety is a win-win!