How to stay safe on the roads this winter? Start by keeping calm

Do you know how to handle your car on slippery winter roads? CBC’s Jaela Bernstien went out for a spin with Morty’s Driving School to get a lesson on what to do — and what not to do — when driving in dangerous wintry conditions.

Tips from a driving instructor on what to do — and what not to do — when you're driving on slippery, icy roads

It will be a messy drive Friday as 2 cm of snow with risk of freezing drizzle are expected to fall in Waterloo region. (Charles Contant/CBC)

Do you know how to handle your car on slippery winter roads?

CBC's Jaela Bernstien went out for a spin with an instructor from Morty's Driving School to get a lesson on what to do — and what not to do — when driving in dangerous wintry conditions.

Here are some helpful tips from Oren Preisler, a driving instructor and manager at Morty's.

When your car slides or skids while turning:

  1. Don't panic. Let it go. "The car at some point is going to regain traction and that's when you've got to be ready to retake the wheel," Preisler says.
  2. Ease off the brake pedal.
  3. Concentrate on steering into the direction of the skid until you feel traction again.
  4. Once you feel traction, gently steer back on track. Be careful to not over-correct.
Don't panic. Let it go. Ease off the brake pedal. 0:15

When your car spins and rolls backwards going uphill:

  1. Don't panic.
  2. Don't floor the gas, or you'll keep spinning.

  3. Press the gas lightly until you regain traction, and then you can accelerate back to normal.

Don't floor the gas, or you'll keep spinning. Press the gas lightly until you regain traction. 0:14

Scariest winter driving moment?

Preisler says one of his scariest moments while driving in winter conditions happened when he passed a transport truck on the highway.

"Snow from the top of his truck landed right on my windshield … I couldn't see for a few seconds. It was really. really scary."

He suggests turning your wipers on high before passing a truck to prevent that from happening.

This driving instructor's scariest moment 0:28

Rule 1: Adjust speed to fit road conditions

  1. Don't do anything sudden in slippery conditions. "Braking too fast, gas too fast will make you slide. Everything's got to be in moderation," Preisler says.
  2. Don't go too fast. Adjust your speed to the road conditions.
Driving instructor Oren Preisler says too many new drivers drive too fast and don't take road conditions into account. 0:40

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