Traction vs. Steering: Steer smoothly

Traction vs. Steering: Steer smoothly

The key to keeping your tires from spinning or skidding can be summed up in one word: smoothness. With the reduced traction available on snow and ice, any quick force applied at the tires – through a harsh movement of the steering wheel, or quick application of the accelerator or brake pedals – can cause the tire to slip or slide. That’s why smoothness is so important.

When steering on slippery surfaces, it is the initial movement of the steering wheel that is critical.

Begin turning the wheel gently, then accelerate the rate of motion once the turn is initiated, if necessary. Many people tend to steer not only too quickly but too much. Steer just enough to follow the path you intend. There is nothing to be gained and vital traction to be lost by over-rotating the wheel, then having to turn it back.