Losing control of a car is undoubtedly one of the most frightening experiences behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it is a potential side effect when the temperatures drop and the roads get slick.
One of the most dangerous winter driving hazards is skidding, which, at high speeds, could result in a nasty crash. To prevent an unnecessary skid, slip or accident, consider the following accident prevention techniques.
- Slow down ahead of turns and curves in case there are hidden icy spots. When at a curve, apply power slightly to the gas and steer steadily. Do not change directions abruptly, and refrain from braking suddenly.
- Plan ahead for lane changes.
- Look out for ice patches and shady areas. These areas are skidding hazards.
If your car starts to skid, don’t panic. Steer in the direction that the vehicle is sliding until you feel the wheels regain traction. Then, slowly straighten your wheels and keep rolling.
If you need to brake before your tires regain traction, apply the brake carefully so that you do not lock your wheels.
And always consider staying home and avoiding the roads when possible. Thanks for reading.