Winter Car Skidding Safety
One of the most dangerous winter driving hazards is to skid. 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. Then, when in the curve, accelerate slowly and steer steadily with no abrupt change in the direction and, especially, no abrupt braking. Driving smoothly in general can help prevent skids.
Skid Safety Techniques
If you go into a skid, remember two critical rules:
Don’t steer against the skid.
Avoid using the brakes.
Instead, immediately take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction the vehicle is sliding until you feel recovery of traction, then slowly straighten the wheels until you recover complete control. If the back of your vehicle is fishtailing to the right, turn the wheel gently in that direction until your car recovers.
You should constantly be on the lookout for areas that might induce skidding, such as unexpected ice patches or piles of wet leave, which tend to be found in shady areas or on flyovers. 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.
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