Continuing from Driving on Icy Roads: What to Do When Your Vehicle Starts Skidding (Part 1)¸ the following provides some additional information regarding how drivers should handle their vehicles in the event they start skidding on icy or snowy roadways. While Part 1 of this blog presented step-by-step instructions on what drivers should do when the rear wheels of their vehicles start to skid, here in Part 2, we will outline what motorists should do when the front wheels of their vehicles skid on icy roads. We will also provide information on what to do if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow or in icy conditions.
When the Front Wheels of Your Vehicle Start Skidding…
If you are driving on icy roadways this winter and the front wheels of your car or truck begin to lose traction and skid, here’s what you should do in an effort to regain control of your vehicle:
- Stop stepping on the accelerator pedal.
- Shift your vehicle into neutral.
- Refrain from trying to steer the vehicle until you feel the car slowing down and the traction slowly return.
- As the traction returns, slowly steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go (either to counteract the movement of the skid or get your vehicle safely pulled over off of the roadway).
- Once you have been able to steer the car successfully, put the vehicle back into driver (or release the clutch for manual cars) and slowly start to step down on the accelerator.
- Repeat these steps as necessary.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck in the Snow…
- Avoid accelerating when it only spins your wheels, as this will only entrench your car deeper in the snow.
- Try rotating your wheels from side to side to unpack the snow around the front and rear wheels.
- Only lightly step down on the accelerator to see if you have enough traction to slowly ease your vehicle out of the snow.
- Try clearing additional snow from around the vehicle’s tires by using a shovel or ice scrapper. You can also try to give your tires some traction by putting kitty litter, sand or gravel in the path beneath them.
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