HOW TO PREVENT AND COMBAT SKIDDING IN THE SNOW

2012 Ford Explorer

PREVENT

Make sure your tires have sufficient tread by testing them with a quarter.  Learn more about winter tire maintenance by reading our past blog post, Pre-Winter Car Care, Part IV.

Also, avoid slamming on the brakes, as this may cause your vehicle to skid. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.   If your car does not have an anti-lock braking system, gently pump the brakes to prevent skidding.

COMBAT

If you do end up losing control of your vehicle, follow these steps:

  • Release the accelerator or brake pedal, whichever is being applied, to regain vehicle balance
  • Steer in the direction of the skid
  • Look where you want the vehicle to go
  • Apply brake pressure only after rolling traction has been reestablished
  • Slowly accelerating may aid in recovery from loss of rear wheel traction

You are well on your way to becoming a driving expert.  If you want to test your driving skills in all kinds of extreme weather check out this quiz by The Weather Channel.

Any Questions? Leave them in the comments section below. 

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