The first snow of the year has arrived! Did you know that winter weather can present many headaches for divers? Slick roadways being one of them. Most skids can be prevented by simply adjusting driving to the conditions, and remembering how to recover should you come in contact with a slick surface. Here’s some tips to remember, to help you avoid a dangerous accident when roads are slick:
- Slow down before reaching curves and turns.
- Plan ahead for lane changes by checking in your rearview mirror and your blind spots to make sure the other lane is clear. Make this move with the smallest possible steering changes and with a light foot on the gas.
- Watch out for ice patches or piles of wet leaves on overpasses in shady areas.
- Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Anticipate stops by slowing down gradually, well ahead of intersections. Also be aware that approaches to stopping areas will be slick because of excessive starting and stopping traffic.
- Use only a light foot on your gas pedal when driving in heavy snow.
- If you find yourself skidding along the roadway:
- Do not steer against the skid or hit the brakes.
- Steer in the direction that your vehicle is sliding, until you feel your wheels recover traction.
- If you must, apply the brake carefully so that you do not lock your wheels and intensify the skid.
Before the mercury drops any lower than it already has, consider putting snow tires on your vehicle. They have great traction and control in snowy weather than traditional tires, and will help you get through the season when roads are slick.
Enjoy the snowflakes while they last, and hopefully it's not very long!