What to do when your car slides on ice
What you’ll need to do to correct your slide depends on which wheels are slipping on the vehicle. If it’s your front wheels, remove your foot from the accelerator and let the vehicle slow down. If you continue to slide, press on the brakes gently to help bring your vehicle to a stop. If it’s your back wheels, slowly turn your wheel in the direction of the slide while removing your foot from the accelerator.
What shouldn’t you do when your car slides?
Just as important as what you should do when you begin to slide, is what you shouldn’t do. First and foremost, don’t slam on your brakes. It might be your first instinct since you want your vehicle to stop — but this won’t work on icy roads. The harder you brake, the more likely you are to make your slide even worse. If you need to brake, do it as gently as possible. The same logic applies to turning your steering wheel. You never want to turn abruptly during a slide; it’ll cause you to overcorrect, and likely send your car spinning out of control. Just like braking, do it slowly and deliberately when you need to.
What should you avoid to prevent sliding?
By the time winter rolls around each year, most drivers are out of practice when it comes to winter driving; and cars sliding on ice is a common occurrence during the season. As a result, the first snowstorm of the year leads to an unusually high number of collisions.
Of course, the hazardous roads make it more difficult to drive safely in the winter months, but what else contributes to this drastic increase in collisions? Here are some of the most common situations that cause cars to slide:
Driving too fast
Driving too fast on icy roads is not the same thing as speeding in good weather conditions. Even if you drive at your usual speed, particularly on the highway, you increase your chance of spinning out of control. You’ll also find that it’s harder to brake. If the temperature is below freezing and it’s snowing, your best bet is to slow down and take your time.
Braking too quickly can lead to slipping and sliding. Brake gently by easing your foot down on the pedal. Be sure to keep enough room between yourself and the driver in front of you, so you’ve got a generous stopping distance.
If your wheels spin faster, your chance of losing traction increases. If you need to speed up for any reason, remember to ease into it.