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posted by: LIT First Aid on: October 18, 2019

Photo by Magda Ehlers 

 

As the temperature starts to drop, driving becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. Water droplets begin to crystallize creating icy sheets on a dark road, causing tires to lose grip, slide, and skid on a cement path. Be sure to plan your trips and get a refresher on driving tips on the ice or snow. Scroll below for a few pointers!

1) Stay Careful and Cautious 

Some driving behaviours that are typically acceptable during normal conditions may be extremely hazardous during more adverse weather. Be sure to slow down, be extra cautious when changing lanes, and give ample space between you and the driver ahead. Unfavourable weather conditions can increase the chances of an accident occurring. 

 

2) Managing Black Ice

Driving on black ice can render your brakes ineffective and make you lose control of steering. Black ice forms similarly to regular ice on the pavement, the only difference is that it is transparent and bubble-free making it difficult to spot on the road. 

 

How can you drive safely on black ice?

 
  • Know where they form: Black ice typically forms around bridges, so anticipate a dangerous road ahead when nearing a bridge in a colder climate. This way, you can plan an exit strategy should your car begins to swerve.
  • Prevent skidding: If you do hit a patch of black ice, don't overreact and don't try to use your brakes. Instead, take control of your steering wheel and drive straight to get through the patch. If you're at an intersection and need to stop, turn your wheel toward the sidewalk or a patch of land. 
  • If you start to slide: Stay calm and look to where you want to go. Try to turn your car the direction your back end is turning, as long as it's safe to do so—any sudden turns or movements may cause the vehicle to flip or spin out of control. Brake if you can. While it is largely impossible to stop sliding, you can at least try to control the direction the car is heading toward. Spotting a safe landing space is the best way to avoid hard collisions.
 

3) Stay prepared

You can never plan when an accident will occur and you'll never know when you'll need to use first aid training. Taking L.I.T. First Aid Training courses can greatly help you in case of an unfortunate driving accident. Learn how you can help yourself and others after a collision and sign-up for courses today.

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