It’s obvious that during the winter months we are going to have to drive during a variety of road conditions. There are times that we are going to get into a situation when we may encounter icy roads where we lose control of our vehicle. When we first began driving many of us were taught certain ways to best handle ourselves and vehicles if we are in this situation. As always the best prevention is to drive slowly and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you when driving in snowy or icy conditions.
Here are some tips for you to keep in mind if you find yourself driving on icy roads and lose control of your vehicle.
- Steer the car into the direction of the slide
- Avoid hitting the brakes. ABS brakes do not work well on ice and will often lock up your wheels
- If you are headed towards oncoming traffic, if you are able to, steer the car towards the shoulder
- If you are unable to stop the vehicle, steer the car into a snowbank or curb to slow the vehicle down
- Lastly don’t panic. Even though that may be your first instinct, stay calm and cool will help you better in this situation.
If you do get stuck:
- Don’t spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper
- Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way
- Use a light touch on the gas to ease your car out
- Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and underside of your vehicle
- If you have sand or kitty litter in your vehicle pour it around your wheels to help with traction.
If you do land up with damage due to an unfortunate accident, remember to give Penny Hanley & Howley a call to help assist with any claims.
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