Auto insurance companies in Edmonton agree that ice, snow, sleet, and rain all cause less than stellar conditions that make it harder for drivers to stay on the road. But skidding can be avoided with a little bit of preparation and know how. Keep reading to learn how you can stay safe and maintain control over your vehicle when the weather outside is frightful.
- Drive slowly
Take it slow when road conditions are poor to avoid dangerous situations that require you to brake suddenly. Slamming on the brakes when you’re driving over ice or snow can cause your vehicle to slide into a skid.
- Leave ample space
Tailgating is dangerous in any weather but it’s especially dangerous when the roads are wet and icy. Leave ample space between you and the car ahead of you to reduce the likelihood of a collision.
- Maintain your vehicle
If you’re going to be driving in tough weather conditions, make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. Have it serviced regularly and make sure your fluids are topped up at all times.
- Brake properly
Avoid slamming on your brakes when you’re driving in icy conditions. Even rain can cause your tires to lose traction so you should always brake properly for your particular vehicle. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) this requires steady pressure but if you’re in a vehicle without ABS you’ll need to pump rather than press your brakes.
- Change your tires
Winter driving conditions require winter tires. Summer and all-season tires don’t have the same amount of tread required to maintain traction in sleek and slick conditions.
What to do when you lose control
Slides and skids usually happen when you change direction or place your foot on either the gas or the brakes. The two most common types of skids are the front wheel and the rear wheel skid.
- Front wheel skids: Stay calm and take your foot off the gas. Keep your eyes focussed on the direction you want the car to go and steer to correct your course.
- Rear wheel skids: Also known as fishtailing, this type of skid is a result of taking a turn too quickly and then hitting the brakes. Your rear wheels loose traction and the car starts to spin. To regain control steer into the direction that you’re spinning.
For more information about safe winter driving, avoiding accidents and getting the best rates on your auto insurance contact MBS Insurance Brokers today. With nearly 50 years serving the local community, we’re Edmonton’s source for commercial, auto, and homeowners. Contact us today to learn more or to receive a free quote.