Winter Driving Tips: What to Do When Slipping?

November 13th, 2016 by

winter driving tips

 

Winter is on the way, and while we don’t get a lot of snow and ice around here, it does happen sometimes. And because we’re not used to it like our friends up in the northern states, icy roads can be even more dangerous for us. So we’ve put together some winter driving tips to help you stay safe on the road. 

 

According to Ice Road Safety, one of the most important things to do is avoid slamming on the brakes, especially if you are sliding. Naturally, anti-lock brakes will help to slow you during everyday driving. However, if you are sliding, slamming on the brakes can make existing slides worse. In order to correct a slide, the wheels must be spinning correctly.

Though it might sound counterintuitive, you should also turn into a slide should you slip on the ice. In other words, point your front wheels in the same direction the rear of the vehicle is sliding. If you turn in the opposite direction, this can cause unintentional “drifting.” One helpful tip is to keep your eyes focused on the direction you would like to go.

Finally, remain calm. It’s important to keep your cool if your car begins to slip. Overcorrecting can lead to serious issues; resist the urge to crank the wheel.

 

With these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared for any bad weather that could hit us this winter!