There’s very little more terrifying than losing control of your car on a slippery road. Here are a few tips for how to avoid this situation and recover if it happens.
The first step in preventing skidding on slippery surfaces is to make sure your tires have plenty of tread. Getting a set of winter tires, possibly with studs, is a good idea when you live in Carlyle, Illinois. Slowing down and maintaining a safe distance between you and the car in front of you is important on slippery surfaces.
What to Do if You Skid
If you feel your car or truck start to slide, the most important thing is to stay calm. Focus on a point in the distance. This helps you to redirect your vehicle once you get it under control. There are two kinds of skids, front wheel and rear wheel.
- Front Wheel Skid: This happens when you are going too fast, and all four wheels begin to slide. To recover, take your foot off of the gas and steer into the direction of the skid. If you are still sliding, depress the brake pedal gently. If you brake too heavily, it could cause the wheels to lock and the skid to get more serious.
- Rear Wheel Skid: This is also called “fishtailing” because the rear of the car slides to the right or left like a fish whipping its tail. Once again, focus on a spot in the distance and steer gently into the direction of the skid.
K & J Chevrolet offers a wide range of tires available for purchase, and our expert staff will even install them. We’ll also give your vehicle a thorough inspection to make sure everything’s in working order before you encounter any slick roads around Carlyle.