Smart Brake Use Can Help You Out of Skids

Driving safely often means driving intelligently, especially during winter months. Winter often brings along with it weather patterns and conditions that deposit large volumes of snow and ice on the roadways. As such, drivers operating under such conditions are at greater risk of losing traction, control, and headway.

Of course, actions such as installing winter tires can help to increase control. That said, hidden ice can still cause unexpected skids so it is important for drivers to follow some tried and tested recovery steps. During front or rear end skids, drivers should use their brakes with discipline. Front end skids happen when front tires lose their grip with the road. In such situations, drivers should immediately let off the accelerators in order to allow the front wheels to slow down. They should also avoid using their brakes until they feel traction improve to the point that they can guide their vehicles back onto line.

In the case of rear wheel skids, drivers should guide their steering wheels in the direction of rear-end travel. Operators should avoid oversteering, as this can result in another skid. Drivers should lightly tap their brakes and allow their ABS systems to engage if available.

 

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