How can I correct a skid or slide while driving in the snow?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at 7:42 pm
How to correct a skid/slide

How to correct a skid on snowy roads

Driving in the winter is an added danger that can cause a lot of stress for drivers on the road, especially while it is snowing out or icy. These conditions can cause a lot of slipping or sliding around and losing control of your vehicle. Check out these tips to help you navigate those scary situations like a pro!


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How to correct a slide on icy roads

The number one tip for navigating the treacherous conditions of winter is to remain calm and take it slow. People who panic can actually make the situation worse by reacting too strongly, so it is imperative to remain calm. Typically, with a sliding situation, people tend to either understeer or oversteer. Oversteering tends to cause more accidents, so it is best to avoid this. If your vehicle starts to slide on an icy road, follow these tips to recover safely.

  • Don’t use your brakes. Braking can make your slide even worse, because it locks your wheels up and makes it harder to steer out of the slide.
  • Turn into the slide. This is probably something you have heard before, but we will reiterate its importance here. If your back-end starts sliding to the right, turning your wheel to the right with the same intensity as the slide should help you correct.
  • Don’t overcorrect. We’ve said this before, but we will say it again because it is SO important. Panicking and overcorrecting can make the slide worse, and will make it more likely that you will end up in an accident or a snow bank. So keep your cool, and gently steer yourself straight.

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How to correct a skid on snowy roads

There are a few different types of skids that you can run into on snowy roads: wheel-spins, wheel lockups, understeers, oversteers, and counter-skids. Check out this video to help you correct a skid on those snowy roads!

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