Essential Winter Driving Tips Everyone Needs To Know

For those without much experience driving in snow and ice, it’s normal to be concerned about skidding. Luckily, a few winter driving techniques can keep you safe.


If you feel your car starting to skid, take your foot off the accelerator and gently steer into the skid. If you’re avoiding a collision, however, you’ll need to rely on your car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Anti-Lock Brakes

According to Car and Driver, your ABS activates when you put your foot down hard on the brake pedal and hold it there. It’s normal to feel like your car is shuddering. Don’t worry; this means it’s working!

Conventional Brakes

What about older vehicles that don’t have anti-lock brakes? In this situation, you’ll need to pump the brakes.

First, take your foot off the gas and press down on your brake. Make sure you don’t slam your foot down; instead, apply the brake firmly and in a controlled manner.

If you feel the brakes locking up, lift your foot up to release it and then reapply. Continue alternating your braking and releasing to decelerate the car.

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