Stopping on ice can be nearly impossible. Learn how to stop on slippery roads.
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- Hi there smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about how to get your vehicle stopped when you’re not stopping as you're approaching the intersection.
And there are vehicles stopped at the intersection.
Winter Stays Late
Yes, I was somewhat optimistic that I would stop doing videos on winter driving because it's the beginning of March here in the Okanagan.
And by this time, we're usually enjoying spring-like weather as opposed to flurries and a near white-out condition, as it was this morning as I was driving the kids to school.
Gravity & Hills
So, as you can see here in the dash cam, we're heading down the hill towards the roundabout.
And as I got a braking distance of what I thought I was going to start slowing down before I got to the roundabout, hit the brakes.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa (laughs).
That is icy.
Icy, icy, icy.
- C'mon truck, get some grip there.
And the vehicle was not coming to a stop.
It just kept sliding forward on the ice, to the point where the distance had closed up enough between me and the stopped traffic in front, that I was beginning to run scenarios in my head of how I was going to get the vehicle over to the left side and actually get it stopped.
And I was actually considering, as an option, that I was going to run up on the curb of the divider there, the concrete divider at the entrance to the roundabout and hit the sign to get the vehicle stopped, as opposed to running into the traffic in front of me.
Get OUT of the Travelled Portion of the Road
Fortunately for me, as soon as I got out of the tracks of the vehicles and over off to the left a little bit, as you can see here in the dash cam, the vehicle got a bit of traction and came to a stop before I actually had to take evasive emergency actions to come to a stop before I rear ended the vehicles in front of me.
So, know that in the wintertime, when the temperature is around zero, it is going to be extremely slippery, especially now as we're approaching spring, with a bit of snow on the roadway there.
And these are some of the techniques that you can put into place.
Don't just hold the brake pedal down and hope and pray that the vehicle is going to come to a stop.
Start moving the vehicle one way or the other, that way you are going to get it out of the tracks of the main vehicles and you might be able to get some traction and I've had this happen before in previous incidences, actually have driven off the road into the gravel and gotten traction on the gravel.
So that's techniques you can put in place.
And as you know, I have good snow tires on the truck.
I have steel-studded snow tires on the truck and still wasn't able to get any traction.
So that's one of the techniques that you can put into place in the wintertime when you encounter slippery conditions and the vehicle isn't coming to a stop.
I'm Rick with Smart Drive Test.
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