Tips to Safely Drive on Icy Roads
Icy roads are unfortunately common throughout the winter. While it can be risky to drive when roads are riddled with patches of ice, you can reduce your risk of an accident when you know how to navigate in these treacherous conditions safely. These are the most important factors to keep in mind when you are driving on ice-covered roads.
You may be aware of the need to drive much slower when roads are icy, and one of the reasons for this is related to braking. Your vehicle requires more time to slow down when it passes over patches of ice. Also, you should apply pressure to the brake pedal tenderly. If you feel the vehicle beginning to lose traction, you should let up on the brake until the tires grip the road again. Sudden and jarring braking should be avoided.
Turn Without Braking or Accelerating
When driving on icy roads, you should avoid turning the vehicle while your foot is on the brake pedal or the gas pedal. As a rule of thumb, you should only brake, accelerate, or turn at one time. Therefore, achieve a reasonable speed before you take your car through a turn to avoid skidding and sliding.
When you are accelerating from a dead stop, do so at a prolonged rate. This enables your vehicle to maintain better traction, and it allows you to make adjustments if you feel the loss of traction. Likewise, you should avoid driving aggressively, such as accelerating, rapidly to get around vehicles. With this in mind, it may take you much longer to get to your destination. Plan by giving yourself ample travel time.
At Holman GO, we want our valued customers to stay safe on the road, and we are happy to answer all of your questions about winter driving. If your vehicle has been damaged, our auto techs are available to repair the damage and to get you back on the road as soon as possible.