The Fall season has started to creep up on us, which means a change in weather and road conditions. It’s crucial to stay prepared and adjust your driving habits as necessary. If a driver is careless with driving, their car can skid, losing control of their vehicle. Skid marks happen when tires lose their grip and traction to the road. A skid can be very dangerous and can lead to major accidents. Tires can lose their traction to the road for a few common reasons:
- Driving Too Fast
Skidding can occur when a driver over accelerates.
- Pressing the Brake Pedal Too Hard
If a driver slams on the brakes, it can lock the wheels, causing the vehicle to skid.
- Sharp Turns
Sudden sharp turns without much braking can cause a car to lose control, skidding in a circular fashion.
Unstable road conditions can make a vehicle more likely to lose traction. Rainy weather makes roads, especially asphalt, more slippery. At the same time, winter seasons can leave roads glossed with ice. Wet surfaces are not the only hazards for skids and accidents. Dry sand on the road can also make traction difficult for tires, leading tires to slide. Staying informed about the changes in road conditions can allow you to adjust your driving maneuvers as needed. What can you do to minimize your skid risk?
Keep Your Composure
- Losing control of your vehicle can be scary, but it’s always best to stay as calm as possible. Panicking will only increase the possibility of an accident, so try not to lose your composure so you can think clearly through the situation.
- Practice Good Steering Control
If road conditions are hazardous, both hands should be on the steering wheel, keeping it stable with smooth adjustments.
- Do Not Speed
Dangerous weather or road conditions are not the best time to drive the speed limit. If the road is slippery or covered in ice, make sure the speed is slow and steady.