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The conditions of the ice roads are among the most risky driving conditions you can experience. The icy surface makes traction extremely impossible to obtain, so it could be a life-saving tip to learn how to drive on ice. Today, while driving in snowy weather, we are going to be looking at 5 things you need to mind.

Patience – Drive Slower, Take Your Time

When driving in icy conditions, the best technique you can use is to take your time and drive slower than you usually can. Before you depart, you can consider saving some more time, so you can take your time while still being on time at your destination. Driving slowly can greatly minimize the risk of an injury being witnessed. Not to mention, if you were to lose control and hit something, this would minimize the amount of damage to your vehicle as well.

Brakes – How To Use Them On Ice

And if brakes are widely used to help stabilize the vehicle and bring you to a halt in and out of extreme circumstances, if used inappropriately on ice, they will do more harm than good. Pressing on the brakes will bring the vehicle into an uncontrollable skid in icy conditions. What you want to do is drive slowly enough to cause the car’s weight to bring the car to a halt if necessary. Pump the brakes lightly to stop locking up your tires should you need to use your brakes on ice.

Skidding – How To Get Out Of A Skid

Skidding is like losing the stability of your car on ice and slipping without traction around the ice. A range of drivers freeze up or overcorrect during a skid, causing them to spin out of control. To try and avoid momentum, you’ll want to softly turn into the skid and get out of the skid safely and pump the brakes slowly. Gently slide the steering wheel back into place to pull out of the skid as you feel your car recovering traction and start straightening out. This does not actually mean finishing in the same direction, more only reducing when the amount of skidding you should have done has been overcorrected or frozen.

Temperatures – Watching For Freezing Temperatures

Ice driving conditions arise due to a drop in temperature as precipitation on the road freezes. A perfect way to keep on top of changing road conditions is to watch the outside temperatures. A clever way of deciding where you would need to check for ice patches on the lane is to use an in-car monitor showing outside temperatures. In order to see what you can get, you can easily check the temperature changes before leaving the building if your car does not have this option.

Snow Tires – Do They Help On Ice?

Many people agree that in icy road conditions, ice tires and winter tires will assist, similar to how they assist on snow-packed highways. The solution here is not that on ice there is no additional traction applied. Icy roads are too slippery to make a difference to snow tyres and tyre chains, so if you do have them in your winter car, they would surely not hurt.