As the winter weather continues to worsen, there's a good chance you'll find yourself on icy roads at some point in the future. If this happens, you need to do two things:
-- Change your approach.
-- Keep close tabs on all other drivers.
Here are three ways to prevent trouble and remain safe when driving on icy roads:
-- Give yourself more space. There is never a good reason to tailgate another driver, but you definitely need to leave additional space when road conditions are less than ideal.
-- Slow down. The biggest mistake you can make on icy roads is slamming on your brakes. When you do this, there's a greater chance of skidding and sliding. Fortunately, when you drive at a slower rate of speed, you don't have to use your brakes as often.
-- Steer in the direction you want your car to go. If you find your vehicle sliding on ice, always steer in the direction you want it to travel. This can be a challenge, but it will help you stay in your lane of travel, thus avoiding an accident with another vehicle.
In a perfect world, you would never find yourself on the road when conditions take a turn for the worse. In the real world, however, there is no way of avoiding this.
If another driver doesn't take as much caution as you, he or she could cause an accident. If you're involved, move your car to safety and immediately examine yourself (and passengers). Along with this, don't hesitate to contact an ambulance and police for assistance.
Source: Edmunds, "Tips for Safe Driving on Snow and Ice," accessed Dec. 13, 2016