Throughout winter, you should always adjust to driving conditions, especially when the roads are covered in snow and ice. It is important for you to know how to avoid skidding, and what to do if you find yourself in a skid situation.
Winter weather can make for slippery driving conditions, which can cause drivers to go into a skid, check out our recommendations for avoiding skidding or how to recover from a skid situation this winter.
How can I avoid skidding?
To avoid skidding, it's important to stay within the speed limits and slow down when necessary. Driving at high speeds can increase your chances of skidding and make it more difficult for you to recover. Most skids occur on curves and turns, so be sure to slow down as you approach a curve or turn and then accelerate slowly while you are in it. While driving, keep your steering steady and do not make any abrupt direction changes or braking.
When you are driving in the winter, always watch for ice or slippery snow patches that can cause skidding. Wet ice that has been warmed by the sun is even more dangerous than completely frozen ice. It is important to drive with increased caution when there is any kind of precipitation during cold weather.
What do I do if I find myself skidding?
If you find yourself in a skid, do not steer against it. You should take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction your car is sliding. If the back of your car starts to fishtail to the right, gently turn the wheel in that direction. When you feel like your car has traction, slowly straighten the wheels until you recover total control.
Avoid using the brakes! However, if necessary, apply the brake with caution so that the tires do not lock. Anti-lock brakes can give drivers better brake control in a skid situation.