From snowy winters to rainy conditions the rest of the year, slick roads can lead to losing control of your vehicle. To help you feel more confident should you lose traction out on the road, consider these tips on how to prevent skidding — and how to get out one.
Make sure your tires are in tiptop condition
Your tires’ tread is what helps your vehicle stay on the road. If your tires are balding, then you should replace them immediately. To see if the treads are too low, do the penny test. All you have to do is place a penny into your tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. Can you see the top of his head? Then you need to bring your Honda into Hardin County Honda for new tires.
Adjust your driving according to the conditions
Icy or wet roads shouldn’t be driven on like they’re dry. You should adjust your driving style to the conditions you’re dealing with slick roads call for a slower speed, slower acceleration and braking, and an increased following distance.
Understand the different types of skids
The two types of skids you can experience are front- and rear-wheel skids. A front-wheel skid occurs when your vehicle drifts in a direction other than the one you intended. A rear-wheel skid occurs when the rear wheels slide to one side. It’s also known as fishtailing.
How to get out of a skid
The way you get out of a skid depends on the type of skid you’re in. When your vehicle enters a front-wheel skid, ease off the gas pedal and look at your target direction. Steer your car back in that direction to straighten your vehicle out.
For a rear-wheel skid, you want to steer in the direction that your rear end is skidding. Doing so will straighten out your vehicle and help you get back into control.
For more safety tips, a new set of tires, or any other maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us at Hardin County Honda, right here in beautiful Elizabethtown, Kentucky.