Buckle up, buttercups! Winter driving throws lots of challenges at drivers. One of the toughest is ICE.
Thanks for sharing last week's tips for spotting Black Ice. Looking out for ice on the road is a big help, but driving on it can't always be avoided.
Here are a few tips for driving on ice.
# 24 Driving on ICE
Often ice forms in patches, so hopefully if you've already slowed down for the conditions, you won't lose control and you won't have far to go before you regain some traction.
❄ Stay CALM
❄ LIFT your foot from the accelerator
❄ Keep the steering wheel straight / avoid sudden movements
❄ Avoid using the brake
If you're in a longer skid / most of the road is covered in ice and you need to avoid an obstacle...
...Then you might need to try the following:
❄ Pump the brakes, or if you have ABS, you can also keep your foot on the brake and let the car do the work for you
❄ Try to steer gently towards areas with more traction / grip
❄ If heading towards an obstacle, try to steer towards a GAP
Always LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO... never where you don't want to end up. Trust me on this one :-)
Buckle up, buttercups! And respect icy roads.
PS - Please share my Buckle Up Buttercup tips! The more we talk about road safety and what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe – the safer our roads will be. Things that might be obvious to you might still be unknown to your friends or family.