Tips to Driving on Icy Roads

afternoon shower on a highwayWinter weather is back on its way to Austin late this evening and staying until late Thursday. Freezing rain and sleet make the roads slick and difficult to drive on. Make sure you are taking the proper precautions if you’re out on the roads the next couple of days. Here are some things to remember when driving in icy conditions:

  1. Slow down– This may seem obvious but it is the most important thing to do if the roads are icy. Slowing down can reduce your chances of sliding on the ice and decrease your chances of being involved in a car accident.
  2. Ease up on your breaks– Antilock brakes, or ABS, do not work well on ice. Because of this, pressing on your breaks too quickly or too hard can lock up your steering wheel. If your steering wheel is locked up, you are unable to control the direction of your vehicle.
  3. Avoid steep hills– This can be difficult living in the hill country but ice tends to accumulate on higher surfaces. If you’re attempting to tackle a steep enough hill, gravity will take its toll.
  4. Turn into a slide- If you do happen to slide, it’s best to turn your wheels in the same direction that the rear of your car is turning. Be careful not to turn your wheel too sharply and overcorrect because your car will slide in the opposite direction that you want it to go. Make sure you’re gently turning your wheel and letting off on the break during a slide.
  5. Wear your seatbelt- Another tip that is common sense but is so often forgotten. Wearing your seatbelt can save your life in the event of an accident. As accidents are more common in inclement weather, wearing your seatbelt is a must.

Be extremely careful if you’re out on the roads the next few days and try and keep these tips in mind while driving. If you are in an accident, Kuznieski Insurance Agency has 24/7 Roadside Assistance.

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