Trust anti-lock brakes to save you from icy skid
When drivers hit a slick spot, anti-lock brakes can help to safely stop and regain control.
we know how much of a struggle icy roads could be. Five on your sides Monica Liberty has advice when driving terrifying dashcam footage from the Nebraska State Patrol. This Jeep hit ice and lost control, swerving from side to side before tumbling off the road into a ditch. If there was ever a time when slow and steady wins the race supplies, it's in this case where you have the potential to lose traction. Auto safety expert Jennifer Stock Burger heads Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. She says If you hit a slick spot, antilock brakes can help you safely stop and regain control. You'll know they're working when they start to pulse against your foot, keep your foot on the brake, maintain firm pressure and let the brakes do their job. If your car does slide, here's how to regain control. There's really two kinds of skins, oversteer and understeer. In both cases, the reaction should be to turn in the direction you want to go with oversteer. It's very intuitive. You turn into the skin when you gain grip, you end up going where you wanna go. In understeer you're turning, but the car is going straight ahead, and your gut is to want to dial in more steering. Don't do that. Keep the wheel steady where you're headed so that when you gain grip here, going where you wanna be. In both cases, avoid abrupt motions and always wear your seat belt. The two people in this Jeep had only minor injuries thanks to their seat belts. Monica Liberty, WRL News five on your side Oh, I had to learn that the hard way in Nebraska. Well, Monica ads. You might have a snowflake icon on your dashboard. The warning light lets you know temperatures drop, and there's potential for ice on the road.