Regaining Control of Your Skidding Vehicle
In adverse weather conditions, the chances of a motor vehicle accident are much higher. For those concerned about maintaining a clean driving record in order to save money on their car insurance, it is important to enter any risky driving situation armed with knowledge of safe driving techniques. By being aware of how to prevent or control common accidents, you can keep yourself and others safe on the road.
Especially during icy, wet, or muddy conditions, slick areas in the road can cause a vehicle to skid. During a skid, a driver loses control of the vehicle and as a result can get involved in accidents. To prevent a skid during precarious weather conditions, it is important to exercise safe, common-sense driving habits. When driving in bad weather, remember to:
- Slow down.
- Give other vehicles plenty of space.
- Accelerate slowly.
- Never slam on your brakes.
Unfortunately, even the safest and most well-prepared drivers can still get involved in unavoidable accidents. If your car begins to skid, remember these tips to regain control and guide your vehicle to safety:
- Slowly and steadily remove your foot from the gas pedal. Do not slam on your brakes, as this can add to the instability of your vehicle.
- For vehicles with anti-lock braking systems, gently tap the brakes. For those without, apply slow and steady pressure to the brakes.
- After braking, take your foot off the brake pedal. Turn into the direction of the skid, in the direction you want the front of your car to move. Do not turn the wheel too far or you may being to skid in the other direction.
Being prepared for a skid can help you remain in control if one occurs, and prevent major motor vehicle accidents.
Avoiding accidents can help you keep a clean driving record and let you pay less for car insurance. For more information about how accident prevention can help you save money on your car insurance, contact the Chicago car insurance agents of Insure on the Spot at 1-888-972-7283.