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November 06, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 3: Know Skid And Slide Recovery Procedures

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First of all, if you're sliding and fishtailing at all, you're going too fast for the weather conditions.

The best way to survive a skid on a snowy road is to avoid getting in one, so be especially cautious in extreme conditions.

If your front tires start to skid, smoothly release the accelerator. This puts the weight balance of the car towards the front tires and uses the weight of the engine to help them find grip. Keep your hands where they are and gently turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. Allow the car to slow down on its own; don't panic and stomp on the brakes, which can worsen the skid. If you steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction, you'll need to turn in the opposite direction.

 

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