If you're driving on an icy or snowy road, one of the main things that you need to watch out for is your car skidding. Skidding is a relatively common problem that occurs when you're driving on a road where the surface of the road is not as firm or as secure as a standard road would be. Your car's tires have a more difficult time gaining traction on ice and snow, and you can oftentimes lose control of the car when this happens. The key to dealing with your car when it starts to skid is to stay calm and remember a few important techniques. These can help you to remain in control of the vehicle and to avoid any accidents or other potential problems.
Step 1: Remove the Gas
As soon as you recognize that your tires have lost traction and that you're beginning to skid on the road, take your foot off of the gas of your car. This will help to slow down your vehicle, which simultaneously makes it easier to control and gives you more time in which to gain control of the steering of your car as well.
Step 2: Do Not Slam on the Brakes
One of the biggest problems that many people face when they begin to skid in a car is that their natural tendency and inclination is to pound on the brakes of the vehicle immediately. This is not a good way to deal with your vehicle and to stay in control. Slamming on the brakes will lock up the tires in the back of the car and will cause them to have even less of a chance to regain traction.
Step 3: Tap the Brakes Lightly and Frequently
Instead of slamming down on the brakes, use your foot to tap on the brake pedal lightly and frequently. This will engage the brakes periodically and will help you to regain some traction and to also slow the car down. It will not, however, cause you to lock the rear wheels of the vehicle.
Step 4: Steer in the Direction of the Skid
If the rear of your car happens to skid out to one side or the other of the front end of the vehicle, you'll need to compensate by steering somewhat. Do not crank the steering wheel back and forth. Generally, it's best to lightly turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. This can help to guide the car toward that direction and provide you with a bit better control. If at all possible, steer the vehicle toward the side of the road or to a safe place away from traffic until you can regain control over the vehicle.
By using these safety tactics, you can turn a skidding car into a relatively safe vehicle. While it may not always be possible to eliminate the possibility of a car skidding, with the proper training you can maintain your composure and safety.