Thursday, December 13, 2012

What To Do When Driving On Ice

No one likes dealing with ice, snow or even slush. Being safe in these conditions requires observant behavior, and there are a few basic rules of conduct that can make driving during these winter months safer for everyone.

It is crucial - as with any other weather condition - that you are accustomed to the present conditions as well as being proactive when you are driving. In addition to all this, speed and safety distance must be adapted to different road conditions. Smooth braking, steering and gentle acceleration/deceleration are crucial for a safe drive. Take a look at these tips that should help you in becoming the best winter driver possible:

1. Practice makes perfect: Many private companies along with local and state departments offer safety training, in which owners of vehicles with automatic transmission and ABS can learn how to correctly handle a car on ice.

2. Approach: With slippery road conditions being a factor when driving on ice, a vehicle with manual transmission in second gear is you best option. Just gently press the gas pedal - otherwise the car slips or skids out of control.

3. Turning: Always turn with the greatest possible response at a low speed. If you have a manual transmission, let go of the clutch gently when shifting. Shifting up early in automatic vehicles will not "kick-down" like they will if you drive a stick.

4. Steering: Avoid jerky steering movements. If the vehicle still skids, disengage the clutch and try not to emotionally counter-steer. If your car is unresponsive while steering, there's only one thing left to do: gently apply the brakes!

5. Brakes without ABS: Disengaging the ABS on a slippery surface and pressing the brake pedal only is a great move. Otherwise, the wheels will lock on you and the vehicle will begin to skid. If you decide to perform emergency braking with full force on the brake pedal, the car may spin out of control. You should let off the brake and steer in the desired direction, then slow down again.

6. Brakes with ABS: Antilock brake systems are only at its full effectiveness when the pedal is pressed and the maximum rate is maintained. Vehicles with ABS can be slowed and controlled at the same time, so long as you don't slam on them.

7. Ensuring you have a good auto warranty: A warranty might seem expensive at first but when you look at what it can do for you long term, it quickly turns out to be a great addition, particularly as a car warranty can help ensure your brakes and transmission are ready to face another winter.

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