Tips to Avoid Skidding on the Ice

winter drivingNow that it’s getting colder, you’re undoubtedly pulling out the gloves and ice scrapers to prepare for winter driving. If you haven’t, you should consider it. However, there is one thing that all of the shoveling and scraping can’t save you from — skidding on ice.

It would be nice if road salt worked 100% of the time, but that just isn’t the case. Icy roads are one of the biggest hazards of the winter season. While it’s not always easy to see the ice before it’s too late, there are a few precautions you can take to skip the skidding altogether. Here are a few tips from AAA:

  • Avoid using cruise control in wet weather driving conditions
  • Look farther ahead and pay particular attention to “hot spots”: bridges, culverts, on and off ramps and elevated highways. Be alert for “Black Ice.”
  • Avoid unusual driving maneuvers that could induce a skid
  • If you find yourself beginning to skid, ease up on the accelerator, keep a firm grip on the wheel, and steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

For more safety advice, be sure to check out our tips from our past post. Stay safe and warm!

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