How to Keep from Spinning Out on Icy Roads
Wintry weather brings snow and ice-covered roads. So it’s important to take extra caution when driving. The best way to avoid an accident is not to drive at all in bad weather, but if you must, follow these tips to help prevent you from losing control, and know what to do in case it happens.
Precautions and Driving
- Make sure you have winter tires (not all season tires) installed (mandatory in some provinces). Ensure tires are not worn.
- Turn on your defroster and keep your full headlights on to remain visible.
- Slow down, especially on turns. It’s harder to stop on icy roads. Keep at least eight to 10 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Remain a safe distance back from snowplows and never pass them.
- Be careful on bridges, ramps and overpasses as they are likely to freeze first.
Skidding on Ice
- If your vehicle begins to skid, don’t panic!
- Ease off on the accelerator or brake and shift the transmission into neutral.
- Steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go, but don’t over steer.
- Do not slam on the brakes — this will make it harder to gain control.
- If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply strong continuous pressure to the brakes. If you don’t have ABS, pump the brake pedal.
- Once you regain control of your car, brake gently.
Make sure your vehicle is winter-ready, use defensive driving skills, and know what to do before you head out on the roads.