Safe Driving on a Slick Roadway

Safe Driving on a Slick Roadway

Although it feels like spring, it really is December and we all know that the weather can change on a dime. Rain, snow, ice, sleet, or whatever else may fall from the sky can make the roads slick. Here are some tips for keeping all four wheels on the roadway:

  • Slow down before reaching curves and turns; if you slow down during the turn you’re likely going to have your back wheels slide out from you. When reaching a curve, power through slowly but steadily.
  • Plan ahead for lane changes when on a multi lane roadway
  • Watch out for ice patches, or areas of dense snow or debris; these areas tend to be more slick and could potentially be dangerous even on roadways that are plowed
  • Anticipate upcoming stops. Abrupt stops will lock your brakes, causing you to skid; instead apply pressure lightly on and off to slow to a gradual stop. If you anticipate frequent stops, drive slower in general as this will make you safer on the roadway
  • Increase the following distance to the car in front of you, in case you need to stop or slow down. Highways tend to be tricky, especially during rush hour! Combine snow and a lot of cars, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Take it easy on the ride home
  • Use only a light foot on the gas pedal when driving in heavy snow. Pushing your gas down hard will only cause your wheels to spin with little or no forward movement

If you are sliding or skidding, remember the following:

  • Do not steer against where you are sliding, or hit the brakes hard
  • Steer in the direction that your vehicle is sliding until you feel your wheels recover traction
  • If braking is necessary before rolling traction is recovered, apply the brake carefully so that you do not lock your wheels and intensify the skid