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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:21

Vehicle Technology Is Sometimes No Match for Winter Conditions

Index

Skidding Safely

 

If your rear wheels skid…

 

• Take your foot off the accelerator.

 

• Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.

 

• If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.

 

• If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

 

• If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse---this is normal.

 

If your front wheels skid…

 

• Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.

 

• As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch and accelerate gently.

 

Prepare for a Snow Day:

 

• If your vehicle has rear wheel drive, put something heavy like bags of sand to ease vehicle control.

 

• Pack a snow day kit just in case you are stuck. Important items to include are a blanket, gloves, hat, water, granola bars, flashlight, extra batteries, extra cell phone charger, flares, wooden matches in waterproof container, compass, scissors, rope and a first aid kit.

 

• Prepare a toolbox for digging your car out with foldable shovel, 2×4 planks to put under tires, ice scraper and snowbrush, reflective triangles, flares and exterior windshield cleaner.


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