- Be alert to conditions that may cause skidding.
- Avoid abrupt speed and direction changes.
- Be extra alert for slippery conditions during thawing and freezing weather.
- Shaded areas, protected areas, and bridges become slippery before the balance of the road surface and stay so longer.
- Do not over-correct in a skidding situation. This results only in changing the direction of the skid.
- Practice stopping and skid recovery in a safe area, on private property at slow speed before attempting to drive on ice or packed snow in traffic. (Don’t use this as an excuse to drive recklessly).
- When suspicious of ice, test road surface cautiously. Check mirror before making test
- Slow down well in advance of stopping point when driving on ice or packed snow.
- Do not lock wheels when using brakes. “If wheels don’t roll you don’t have ” Pump brakes lightly to slow down or stop on a slippery surface. If your vehicle is equipped with ABS, check your vehicle manual for instructions on use.
RECOVERY FROM SKID
- Control Yourself — Don’t Panic.
- Turn the front wheels in the direction of the skid.
- Don’t Brake Suddenly.
- Don’t Oversteer or Overcorrect.
- As control is being regained, safely slow the vehicle by very gently depressing and releasing the brake pedal.
NOTE: Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles require easy acceleration to pull out of a skid.