Q: It looks like we will be getting some snow soon, any suggestions on how to drive on slippery roads? What should I do if I start to slide?
A: If you start to slide try to stay as calm as possible and turn into the slide. You want to turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you’ll need to turn in the opposite direction.
There are some things you can do to avoid a slide in the first place.
1. Slow Down–Of course your first step is to drive slower. Don’t be fooled by AWD or 4WD. No one can maneuver slippery roads at the same speed as dry roads.
2. Easy on the Brakes–Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Slow, easy pressure on your brakes is the best solution
3. Give Room–Because you do not want to slam on your brakes be sure to give adequate room to slow down
4. Try to avoid hills or other dangerous roads– The laws of physics are unforgiving! If you attempt to tackle a steep enough incline, there is nothing you can do to stop gravity from taking its toll.
5. Be aware–crashes occur in multiples. Be sure to pay attention to other drivers on the road and to drive defensively.