20 Driving Tips - #2 Bad Weather Braking
You're traveling down a road that is dotted with snow and patches of ice, on a blustery winter night. Suddenly the car in front of you begins to fishtail and lose control.
DRIVERS WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKES SHOULD:
- Apply brakes fully, maintain pressure, and attempt to steer around the car. By applying brakes fully you will activate the anti-lock braking system, which modulates the brakes for you. This will slow your vehicle down and allow you to maintain steering control. Don't pump the brakes. Pumping anti-lock brakes reduces their effectiveness.
DRIVERS WITHOUT ANTI-LOCK BRAKES SHOULD:
- Apply brakes firmly but short of wheel lockup. Try to keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the upper part of your foot to apply a firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal to avoid wheel lockup.
No matter what kind of brakes you have, always leave enough room between you and the car in front of you. And always reduce speed in adverse weather and poor road conditions.