If you drive in Alberta, you’ve likely experienced at least one skid in your motoring lifetime. Even high-tech features like all-wheel drive and electronic stability control cannot completely guarantee that your vehicle won’t lose traction on an icy road. That’s probably why a majority of AMA members told us that they wanted the straight goods on how to steer out of a skid.
KNOW YOUR SKID
There are two main types of skids …
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MOVE YOUR FEET
This depends on how you got into the skid.
Look where you want to go, as you’re more apt to steer in that direction—rather than into a hazard you’d prefer to avoid.
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GIVE YOURSELF A HAND
Stay calm and make small, controlled steering adjustments, otherwise you risk over-correcting.
Follow these tips to reduce your chances of skidding.
• Slow down and be aware of challenging road conditions—especially on bridges, beneath underpasses and at intersections.
• Anticipate lane changes, curves and turns. Steer smoothly and precisely, with your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock on the wheel.
• Install winter tires on all four of your vehicle’s wheels. They offer better traction when temperatures dip below 7 C.
• Don’t depend on your vehicle’s high-tech components—even anti-lock brakes or all-wheel drive—to bail you out.
• Take a winter driving lesson with AMA to improve your braking, steering and accelerating skills in difficult conditions.