So slow down people! I’ve lived in Alaska for a little over four years and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that you SLOW the eff DOWN when it’s slippery on the roads.
All you people down in the lower 48 are stealing Alaska’s snow so you better learn how to drive in it. If you don’t have four wheel drive, you better have front wheel drive. If you don’t have front wheel drive, stay home, borrow someone’s car who does have the specifications, or take a cab. AND DRIVE SLOWLY.
If you feel yourself start to slip, just take your foot off of the gas for a few seconds to see if it will correct on its on. If not, tap on the breaks if you do not have anti-lock breaks and try to keep the wheels straight. So if you’re slipping/spinning in one direction, turn the wheel away from that direction until the wheels are straight. If you turn all the way the other direction you’re likely to jerk the car violently if/when you do get traction back. If that happens, you can lose control of the vehicle even more.
You’re most likely to lose control around corners, but it’s also possible if you hit a random patch of ice on a straight-away, so the best way to avoid this is to SLOW DOWN!!!