Approach hills, intersections and bridges with care and be aware of other drivers around you.
. Avoid sudden braking.
Try to apply pressure to your brakes only while your car is going straight, not during a curve. Don't pump your anti-lock brakes.
. Accelerate slowly after stopping.
Remember that traction is greatest just before the wheels spin. Putting gentle pressure on the gas pedal when starting is the best way to maintain traction and avoid skids.
. Anticipate turns, curves and lane changes early and steer with smooth, careful movements.
Icy, slushy and snowy conditions can make turning more difficult and skids are often caused by sudden acceleration, braking or turns.
. If you begin to skid, don't panic.
Let up on the accelerator or brake and look up (where you want to go). Turn the steering wheel into the skid in the same direction the rear end is sliding. If your front wheels are sliding, hold the wheel straight and let the skid correct itself.
. If you get stuck, don't spin your wheels.
Spinning your tires may cause excessive heat build-up and could result in personal injury or damage to your vehicle. If you cannot move after accelerating slowly, try spreading a traction aid such as sand or cat-litter in front of your wheels. You can also use a blanket in front of your wheels to help with traction.
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