Transcript for Drive Your Way Out of Trouble This Winter Weather Season
Next we told you about snow and ice hitting more than a dozen states this weekend, the threat to drivers on the roads, the big worry black ice, the powerless feeling when your car skids off the highway. Abc's lindsey davis shows us how to steer clear of trouble. Reporter: Tis the season for slipping, sliding, and spinning. Each year, there are more than a quarter of a million crashes due to snow and sleet. The most dangerous factor, what is called the hidden killer, black ice. This thin, transparent film forms when the temperature of the pavement is colder than the air above it. And while it's not always easy to spot, there are some ways to look out for it and avoid dangerous spinouts. Mark cox, a winter driving coach demonstrated for us. There are two types of skids, a front wheel skid and a rear wheel skid. A front wheel skid is when you turn the steering wheel and the car doesn't turn. In that case, take your foot off the brake, and off the gas, and just allow the car to coast through the corner as you decrease your steering a little bit. In a rear wheel skid, the car tends to spin. That's when we apply the thing we've always heard about, steering into the skid. At the same time, accelerate gently. Reporter: If you do hit a patch of black ice, keep in mind, it will take at least twice as long for your car to come to a complete stop, so words of caution this time of year. Slow down. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.
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