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Winter Driving - Fail!

From the safety of an apartment fire escape high above comes video of lots of drivers doing the wrong thing on the icy roads of Portland.

Remember to drive safe out there. Mainly so you don't end up on youtube in a video like this.

PS - There's some safe driving tips after the jump.

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So this doesn't happen to you remember when driving on icy roads

1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
3. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
4. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.


If your rear wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse -- this is normal.


If your front wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

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2 Comments

Methinks you may be incorrect in your instructions. Pretty sure that the correct thing to do in a skid is CPR (Correct, Pause, Recover). At first sign of skid, you turn your wheels into the direction you are skidding(Correct). This sounds counter-intuitive, but it is brings your tires into alignment with the direction you are going. You then Pause to give the tires time to gain traction. You then calmly move the tires back in the direction you want to go (Recover).

said BiPolar on December 10, 2008 12:19 PM.

You are right on that one Bipolar, and I learned that many years ago... but when it was my time to use it (on a wet road, no ice) I didn't remember SHIT and slammed into the SUV on my right. :|

said etantao on December 10, 2008 7:08 PM.
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