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Driving on Icy Roads: What to Do When Your Vehicle Starts Skidding (Part 1)

These step-by-step instructions can help drivers regain control of their vehicles and reduce their chances of getting into car accidents when their cars start to skid on icy roadways.

These step-by-step instructions can help drivers regain control of their vehicles and reduce their chances of getting into car accidents when their cars start to skid on icy roadways.

Winter is here, and with it, comes the ice and snow that can cover the roads and make driving far more difficult and dangerous. While it’s important to slow your speed and leave plenty of headway between your vehicle and other cars while driving on icy roads, in some cases, there is nothing you can do to prevent your vehicle from skidding. Such situations can be very scary, but it’s important that drivers:

  • Remember to stay calm.
  • Brush up on their winter driving skills so they know how to handle their vehicle and regain control of it in the event of a skid.

The following are some step-by-step instructions on what drivers should generally do if their vehicle starts to skid on icy roadways.

When the Back Wheels of a Vehicle Skid…

In the event that the back wheels of a car start skidding on icy roadways, drivers should:

  1. Stop stepping on the accelerator pedal.
  2. Turn the steering wheel towards the direction that they want the vehicle’s front wheels to go in order to work against the skidding. Specifically, when the rear wheels of the car skid and slide to the right, then the driver should rotate the steering wheel to the right to work against the skid.
  3. Continue to rotate the steering wheel to counteract the skidding rear wheels as necessary. For example, as the front wheels are turned to the right to counteract the right-skidding rear wheels, the rear wheels may swing towards the left, and the driver should then rotate the steering wheel to the left to counteract this. Such adjustments will likely need to be made a few times.
  4. Lightly step down on the brake pedal if the vehicle is equipped with standard brakes. If the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, then slowly and steadily apply pressure to the brake pedal until the pedal pulses.

For directions on what to do in the event that the front wheels of a vehicle begin to skid, be sure to read the upcoming Part 2 of this blog.

Littleton Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.

Our trusted Littleton personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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