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What should you do when driving on slippery roads?


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On slippery surfaces:

  • It takes longer to stop.
  • It is harder to turn. 
  • Your tires will have less traction.

When driving on slippery roads you should:

  • Reduce your speed.
  • Make smooth and gradual movements. 
  • Enter curves and take turns at safe speeds.

How much should you reduce your speed when driving on snow?

On a snow covered road, you should reduce your speed by at least half.

On a wet road, you should reduce your speed by about ⅓. 

On an icy road, you should reduce your speed to a crawl. 

What should you do when traction is poor?

When traction is poor, your vehicle won’t steer or brake as effectively. 

Some common conditions which can lead to poor traction include:

  • Shady areas on freezing days.
  • Bridges and overpasses when temperatures are low.
  • Melting ice. 
  • Black ice. 
  • Just after it starts to rain. 
  • Dirt of gravel roads. 

You can find more information about this topic in the Driving Safely (2) section of your official driver’s handbook. 

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