If you happen to be on the road in the cold weather and the roads are icy, Dan Robinson on YouTube gives tips on how to correct and prevent a slide. There are many tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re in a tough condition.
Prevent a slide:
Stay aware of weather conditions
If the weather is under 32F and below freezing, you can encounter ice at any time.
Drive slow at 45mph or less
If there is light precipitation outside, most people are likely to go faster. However, you’ll get caught off guard with sudden patches of ice.
Respond appropriately to slides
Understeer happens when your front wheels lose grip in a turn, causing your car to keep going straight even though your wheels are turned to one side. Oversteer happens when your rear wheels lose grip with the road. The backend of the car slides outward and the opposite of the steering wheel. Most fishtailing is an oversteering condition. The slides can also be triggered by braking or accelerating.
Correct a slide:
Don’t hit the brakes
This is a common mistake that most drivers think it’s best to do when sliding. The car loses complete control once the brakes hit.
Turn into the slide
Turn your front wheel in the same direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding. For example, if the back of the car slides to the right, turn the wheel to the right. Be prepared for the car to swing back in the opposite direction.
Don’t panic and overcorrect
An oversteer slide gives the car angular momentum, which means it wants to keep rotating into a full spin. Overcorrecting will send the car rotating faster than the steering wheel can counter, which will cause the car to spin out.
Overall, for the full instructions and details on how to correct and prevent a slide, continue to watch Dan Robinson on YouTube.