Traction vs. Steering: Separate your actions

Traction vs. Steering: Separate your actions

When driving on snow and ice, it is good practice to separate your control inputs – accelerating, braking, steering – so you do only one at a time, to the extent that’s possible. If you are braking or accelerating, you’ll have more traction for doing so if you don’t steer at the same time, and vice versa. This way, all the available traction can be used for one purpose and the chances of inadvertently exceeding the tires’ ultimate traction limit are reduced.