Front Ends Can Skid Too

During warm and dry summer months, it's much easier for drivers and their vehicles to maintain traction and control. During the winter months, the situation turns on its head and drivers can expect assaults from materials such as snow and ice. As such, winter weather drivers will need to keep a few driving skills in mind to boost safety.

Icy and snowy road surfaces can get between tires and asphalt, reducing traction and causing skids. Vehicles can skid in several different ways, and these include front-end and rear-end skids. Front end skids happen when vehicles continue to move in directions different from tire angle, and rear end skids happen when the tail-ends of vehicles swing to one end or the other.

In both situations, drivers should first stop pressing their gas pedals and avoid striking the brakes with force. For rear-end skids, drivers traditionally guide their steering wheels in the same direction as the rear of their vehicles. This is a counter steer maneuver that can restore control. For front-end skids, drivers should ease off of the gas, focus on distant targets, and allow the front wheels to regain traction.

 

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