With the intense snowstorm that hit Boulder last weekend, it’s a good time to review some essential winter driving safety tips – namely, how to drive and what to do when your vehicle skids on icy roads. In fact, it’s generally smart to:
- Review these driving safety techniques every year when winter rolls around, especially if you have a teenage driver in your household.
- Have your vehicle checked out and serviced (if necessary) to ensure that it’s winter-ready (for example, make sure that your car has good tires on it so that it is able to handle icy and snowy roads).
- Keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle so that you can help get your vehicle running again if it breaks down and/or you can safely wait for help when the temperatures are freezing outside.
What to Do When Your Car’s Back Wheels Skid…
The following are some general tips on how to handle your vehicle in the event that the back wheels start to skid on icy and snowy roads:
- Stop accelerating and remove your right foot from the accelerator pedal.
- Turn the car in the direction that you want the car (i.e., the vehicle’s front wheels) to move. In effect, you will be trying to counteract the skidding movement of the rear wheels. So, if the vehicle’s rear wheels are skidding to the right, then you’re going to want to steer the steering wheel to the right to try to counteract the skid and stabilize the movement of the car.
- Slightly pump the brakes if you have standard brakes on your car. If you have anti-lock brakes, do NOT pump the brakes; instead, steadily step down on the brakes until you feel them respond with a pulsation (which is normal).
- Continue steering as appropriate to try to stabilize the vehicle’s movement. You will likely have to turn the steering wheel a couple of times before you are able to regain control of the car.
Look for our upcoming Part 2 of this Driving Safety blog for more information on how to operate your car when it starts skidding on icy and snowy roads.
Contacting the Boulder County Car Accident Lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Boulder County car accident lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting. In fact, while we are aggressive litigators in court, we are also skilled negotiators outside of court. This makes our trusted lawyers a formidable force that will not back down until you secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.
At the Cederberg Law Firm P.C., you will not be handed off to a paralegal or assistant. You will receive personal attention and professional service from an experienced lawyer who cares about you and who is dedicated to providing you with superior legal services at every stage of your case. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.