Skid Prevention

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  1. Be alert to conditions that may cause skidding.
  2. Avoid abrupt speed and direction changes.
  3. Be extra alert for slippery conditions during thawing and freezing weather.
  4. Shaded areas, protected areas, and bridges become slippery before the balance of the road surface and stay so longer.
  5. Do not over-correct in a skidding situation. This results only in changing the direction of the skid.
  6. 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).
  7. When suspicious of ice, test road surface cautiously. Check mirror before making test
  8. Slow down well in advance of stopping point when driving on ice or packed snow.
  9. 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.


  1. Control Yourself — Don’t Panic.
  2. Turn the front wheels in the direction of the skid.
  3. Don’t Brake Suddenly.
  4. Don’t Oversteer or Overcorrect.
  5. 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.