Driving in icy conditions requires special skills
Roads and tracks of Ukraine have chained ice. what the driver should know and be able to?
The most important rule of driving in icy conditions is maintaining a distance to the vehicle in front and a timely reduction in speed. Before you turn, turn or drive to the side of the road, you must reduce the speed in advance.
Never brake at the same time with the steering wheel turned, this will lead to 100% skidding.
You need to touch on ice with a higher gear – a second or even third. High speeds of the first stage can lead to loss of control over the car and the demolition of the front or skidding of the rear wheels. The same rule applies on clay roads and snow porridge..
On slippery sections of the road, it is necessary to apply the engine braking method or to combine it with the pulse pressing the brake pedal. Sharp and short-term, 2-3 times, pedal depressions should be repeated until the necessary decrease in speed or a complete stop of the machine. This method is very effective to avoid locking the wheels. There are also some very important tips:
When braking, there are times when the engine is about to stall. To get rid of this problem, reduce the pressure on the brake pedal, but do not release it until the end. Engine braking must be performed in the gear that is currently engaged. However, on the descent, it is best to go downhill, and the one on which you think it is possible to climb this slope.
Stop using the parking brake. The desire to perform a daring maneuver or turn around in a bottleneck can lead to loss of control, and then definitely not avoid troubles. For a sharper stop, use the spring-loaded method of pressing the brake pedal “pressed – released – pressed – released”. In this case, do not release the brake pedal to the end, only weaken the force. This method must be combined with the alignment of the trajectory of the steering wheel. If this is not done, skidding and turning around its axis is inevitable.
To reduce speed, you must try to choose dry areas with bare asphalt. If this is not possible, slide smoothly to the side of the road, making sure that her condition allows you to do this, and already slow down on it. The fact is that the curb is usually covered with gravel or has an earthen base, and on it the ice film breaks with wheels much easier.
Remember that outside the settlements at the entrances to bridges and public transport stops – there are areas covered with ice.
When driving in ice, you cannot sharply turn the steering wheel, especially when the clutch is pressed out, shifting the gear stage, maneuvering or braking. The slightest sharpness leads to skidding and rotation. This is a big danger, since you do not have the ability to control a car that can roll anywhere. When all the wheels are locked and you are skidded, you need to quickly change the braking method.
Release the brake pedal and slow down the engine. Remember that the steering wheel must be turned in the direction where you intend to continue driving. This is important because, after releasing the lock, the gas supply can pull the car towards the inverted wheels.
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