Originally Posted by Faceman
NEVER put the car in neutral on ice or snow...it removes all power to the wheels and you are at the mercy of wind, bumps, banked roads, or whatever at that point...as long as you are "in gear" the engine will slow the car down almost to a stop unless you don't know how to steer a skid...
Hrm, see this is where I get confused because the Canadian Govt recommends going into neutral but several friends and my father have also said, don't go into neutral: OSH Answers: Driving Tips - Winter
What should you do if you start to skid?
- DO NOT BRAKE!
- DO NOT ACCELERATE!
- Disconnect the driving force on the drive wheels by doing either of the following
- If you're using automatic transmission, shift to neutral
. However, if you cannot do that immediately, do not touch the transmission gear.
- If you're using manual transmission, declutch.
There seems to be a lot of arguments online for both going into neutral or going into second gear. I think I'll give second gear a try instead and see how that works. What I would like to do now is find a parking lot during the next ice storm and try out both methods to see what feels best during a forced skid. Too bad there are no winter driving schools around me who can simulate all of these problems.