Paul W asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 decade ago

What is the best way to regain control of your car when you skid on black ice?

8 Answers

  • Ryan R
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Let go of the accelerator and do not brake. If you are in a front-wheel drive, gently turn the wheel in the direction you want to go in. If you are in a rear-wheel drive, gently turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. I'm not sure what you're supposed to do with all-wheel drive.

    Source(s): Driver ed, 18 years of driving experience in Maine, Maine driver's book
  • 1 decade ago

    First off, let's start avoiding this situation all together. Buy four good snow tires or atleast all season rated for M+S, drive slowly in the winter, and avoid driving on roads that aren't kept up. If possible don't drive when it is nasty out and wait for the roads to be cleared. To answer your question though, do not hit the brakes because that will increase the skid. Let off on the gas pedal. If your car starts to spin turn the wheel to drive the car out of the spin. If you are spinning left, turn the wheel right. You will most likely start spinning the other way due to over correcting during the initial spin so get ready to turn the wheel back the other way. This might take a few times before you regain control depending on your speed. If you are really worried about this, the best thing to do is to be comfortable controlling your vehicle in these situations. Try practicing in an icy parking lot that is clear of other vehicles and objects. Drive at different speeds hitting the brakes while turning or making sudden turns to see if you go into a skid. This is also a good way to see how well your tires hold their traction in bad weather. Don't go all out doing more than 35 while practicing. You only want to experiment and not cause a wreck.

  • Karen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The truth. Yes, your insurance company is correct as it is the driver's responsibility to drive in a manner in which they can stop / avoid any road hazard. Your only hope is to take out a civil case against the owner of the debris and make a 'small claim' against them for loss or damage to your property through their negligence in court. If they can't be traced then you have nobody to claim against. It is also unlikely that the police will tell you who they are due to data protection laws, although they may charge them for 'insecure load'.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you are skidding to the right turn the wheel to the right or if skidding to the left turn the wheel left. It sounds odd but it works.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Take your foot off the gas, but do not brake because that will send you into even more of a slide.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Always turn into the slide or skid....

  • 1 decade ago

    Hold on tight and PRAY

  • 1 decade ago


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