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December 23, 2013

Tips to Safely Stop on Slick Roads

When driving in the winter or spring, a motorist must deal with slick and icy roads in most of the country. This presents a danger and a wise driver should understand the risks and compensate by operating his or her vehicle safely. Of course, this is hard for many to do as they do not have experience driving on slick or icy roads. With this in mind, here are four tips to stop safely on slick roads

Slow down: A motorist should strive to drive at, or below, the speed limit when driving in icy conditions. In fact, one may even have to drive slower than the speed limit when it is extremely icy and wet. With this proactive step, a driver is less likely to spin out of control and see his or her car hit other vehicles or objects. While this is hard for some to do, it is easy once a motorist realizes how much safer it is to slow down in wet conditions.

Tires: It is hard to maintain control over an automobile when driving with slick tires. To avoid catastrophic problems and save money in the process, a car owner should inspect his or her wheels before the winter driving season. To do this, one should look for any uneven wear or holes in the tires. To take this step further, one may consider getting winter tires if he or she lives in the frigid north or on a mountain. One must remember that the average tire is not made for snow or ice, and it is up to a driver to compensate for this by driving intelligently or using the right tire for the job.

Bridges: Many car owners will crash a car when going over a bridge. Cold air goes under bridges and can freeze the water and turn it into black ice. When hitting this, especially when unprepared, a driver will spin out of control and may crash into another car or the guardrail. For this reason, when coming upon a bridge, a motorist should slow down drastically. If other people do not slow down, a smart driver should tap his or her brakes or use the hazard lights. Remember, it is unwise to drive fast over bridges as icy conditions often prevail in subzero temperatures.

Never slam brakes: If a driver does not heed any of the other advice, he or she is likely to experience severe problems in inclement weather. When this happens, it is not smart for a motorist to slam on his or her brakes quickly. Instead, when hitting an icy patch, a driver should, instead, remove his or her foot from the accelerator. Then, if he or she cannot get out of the situation, it is time to apply the brakes slowly. With this, one will not fishtail and run into problems.

With these four easy to follow tips, a motorist can, with ease, avoid spinning out of control when dealing with icy, wet or snowy conditions.

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