The winter months are upon us, and, more likely than not, we’re going to be facing some bad weather during our commutes before things start warming up again. But even if you’ve been driving for years, you still might not know what to do if your car skids on ice. Luckily, the driving experts at Warsaw Buick GMC have three easy rules to remember just in case you lose control of your car on ice.
- Remove your foot from the accelerator: If you sense that you’ve lost traction and your car is going to skid, release the accelerator. Immediately.
- If you have to brake, do not slam on them. If you can correct the skid without braking, this is the best case scenario. If braking is required, however, be sure to pump them slowly and calmly. Never slam on the brake pedal.
- Steer in the direction of the skid. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail right, steer right. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail left, steer left. This should help straighten your car back out to correct the skid.
Ideally, skids on ice will be avoided all together. That’s why it’s important to drive slowly and carefully when the roads are bad.
Check out some video footage of people correcting (or attempting) to correct skids. As you will see, even when the correct steps are employed, a collision may still be inevitable.