Driving in winter weather can be challenging, especially when you are faced with terrain that you aren't used to driving on—like a steep, icy hill. What do you do?
Well, being prepared in advance for the unexpected can make things a lot easier for you. And when you have a plan in place for handling specific situations, it can make life a lot less stressful, too.
The experts at AAA have helpful tips for navigating through difficult winter situations, including what to do when you are faced with driving up an icy hill.
According to the experts, when it comes to driving up a slippery or icy hill, it is important to build up some momentum while you are on flatter ground at the base of the hill. By building up a little speed before you are on the hill, that momentum will help carry you to the top of the hill.
As your vehicle starts to climb the hill, continue to apply the gas steadily. Avoid stopping or slowing down if possible.
And don't apply too much extra gas, or you will run the risk of skidding. If you do start to skid, remember to reduce your pressure on the gas pedal and steer into the skid.
Following these tips should get you to the top of the hill safely. But what about getting back down?
To go down the hill, reduce your speed and go down the hill slowly. Try to avoid applying the brakes so that you can prevent skidding.
So, this is what the experts say about navigating icy hills. With proper preparation, education, and planning, you can reduce the stressfulness of driving in winter weather.
As always, stay safe and be careful out there.