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What Do You Do If You Start to Slide on Snow or Ice?

Learn How To Avoid and Correct a Slide on Snow and Ice

Winter has arrived in Canada. Winter travel can be treacherous if you are not prepared for the snow and ice and many new drivers in the Greater Sudbury area may now know what to do if and when they start to slide on the snow and ice. Learn how to avoid and correct a slide on snow and ice with this quick step-by-step guide created by The Car Lot Etc.


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Woman Walking on a Snowy RoadHow To Avoid a Slide on Snow and Ice

When you hit the roads this winter – it is important to know how to keep your family safe in the event of a skid. The number one rule to avoid a skid or slide on the snow and ice is to SLOW DOWN. A majority of slides in the winter will occur at speeds above 70 km/h and most drivers will struggle to maintain control without proper training. Keep an eye on the weather and ensure that you are not driving too fast for conditions. To further avoid dangerous slides on snow and ice, make sure to avoid sudden braking, quick acceleration or sharp turns.

How To Correct a Slide on Snow and Ice

A winter skid can come in two basic forms – oversteer and understeer – with oversteer being the most common in winter accidents. Oversteer happens when the rear tires lose traction and the rear end of your vehicle starts to slide sideways. Remember – Do Not Panic. Follow the three basic rules listed below to correct oversteer this winter.

1. Avoid the Brakes

The first mistake that most drivers make when they start to slide on the snow and ice is to panic and hit the brakes. Do Not Panic. When you hit the brakes, it will make the slide worse – avoid the brakes.

2. Turn Into the Slide

It may feel wrong – but steer into the skid this winter. To correct oversteer, the front wheels need to be going in the same direction as the rear wheels. When you start to slide, turn in the direction of the slide and then straighten the wheel when you recover. Be ready for the car to go back in the opposite direction.

3. Do Not Overcorrect

Make sure that when you start to slide, you do not overcorrect. When oversteer occurs, it creates angular momentum that means your vehicle will want to continue to rotate. When you overcorrect the skid, it can make your car spin faster – creating a skid that you cannot recover from.


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Learn how to avoid and correct a slide on snow and ice this winter in the Greater Sudbury area with this quick winter travel guide created by The Car Lot Etc. Visit our online inventory today to find a pre-owned pickup truck that will fit your lifestyle and budget!