How to Prevent Your Car from Skidding

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With winter driving comes the possibility that your vehicle will lose traction on slick roads. In order to help you feel prepared for that event, Don Wessel Honda has put together some tips for preventing your car from skidding — and what to do if you find yourself in one.

Take Care of Your Tires

Your tires’ treads are what help keep you on the road, so if your tires are balding, they need to be replaced. Check your tires with the penny test — just put a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.

Drive Properly for Conditions

When the roads are slick, and the weather is bad, you should change your driving behavior appropriately. Slow down and increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. It’s also a good idea to avoid braking or accelerating suddenly.

Know the Skid You’re Experiencing

There are two types of skids you can experience — front- and rear-wheel. With a front-wheel skid, your vehicle will drift in a direction other than the one you intended. For a rear-wheel skid, the rear wheels slide to the right or the left, and is also known as “fishtailing.”

Know How to Get Out of the Skid

If you find yourself in a front-wheel skid, ease off the accelerator. Look at your target direction and try to steer your car back in that direction.

For a rear-wheel skid, you want to steer into the skid — so turn your wheel in the direction your rear end is going. Keep your eyes on your target direction to help prevent you from overcorrecting, too. This will straighten your vehicle out and let you get back into control.

For more safety tips — or to schedule a service appointment that may help prevent a skid — don’t hesitate to contact us at Don Wessel Honda.

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