Driving in winter conditions can be nerve wrecking. The unpredictable road conditions during snow or early mornings after a night freeze are the main components for winter being the highest accident season. Over the past few weeks we have shared several precaution tips such as, driving slowly to reduce the chance of an accident. Today our Great Plains Auto Body Emmet Street Team is offering some driving techniques to help you handle locking of wheels (skidding) while driving.
Being prepared on how to handle certain situations can assist you being a cautious driver and reduce the chances of being involved in an accident or near miss collisions leading to collision repair. The low temperatures and moisture in the air during the winter month play havoc on wheels and breaking systems. Experiencing locking of wheels known as skidding is one of the main culprits for fender benders that cause minimal damage to vehicles or near miss accidents. Knowing how to react to skidding can save you and another driver from high damages. Below, we have provided driving techniques if skidding occurs;
If your rear wheels skid, take your foot off of the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, then steer left and vice versa. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel to that side. A common mistake is turning too sharply or over correcting the steering. Remember, you’ll want to make gradual changes. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure.
If your front wheels skid, again take your foot off of the gas, then shift into neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately. As your car slides sideways, this will slow your vehicle down. When you regain traction, steer the direction you want to go, then put the transmission back into drive and accelerate gently.
Great Plains Auto Body Emmet Street Team Weekly Driving Tip: Use extra precaution when driving over bridges, overpasses and on/off ramps and please NEVER use cruise control on icy roads.
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