What to Do If Your Vehicle Is Sliding on Ice

Winter

 

Winter weather has arrived early this year across the United States—and here in Wisconsin, we are used to it. But for any drivers who are new to wintry roads in Wisconsin, take some time to review what to do if your vehicle is sliding on ice, courtesy of The News Wheel:

First things first, do not brake. That is the worst thing you can do if your vehicle begins to slide on ice, but unfortunately, it is almost a gut instinct. Just remember: If you slam on the brakes, it will only make the sliding worse, especially if your vehicle has an anti-lock brake system.

Instead of braking, decelerate slowly by removing your foot from the accelerator. While decelerating, steer gently. Any jerking motions at the wheel could cause you to overcorrect, which may send you sliding (or spinning) in any direction.

If you know your rear wheels are skidding, just turn the steering wheel in the direction that you are sliding while decelerating. This should help you to regain control. If your front wheels are skidding, just decelerate and try to drive straight. After you have slowed down a little, you can lightly—very lightly—press the brake.

If your car gets ice or snow damage this winter, come visit the experts at Pischke Nissan and the Pischke Collision Center.